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James Randall COUCHMAN

member of parliament

James Randall COUCHMAN, British Member of Parliament.


COUCHMAN, James Randall was born on February 11, 1942. Parents: Stanley Randall Couchman.


Cranleigh School; King’s College, Newcastle (Durham University).


Councillor, Bexley Borough Council, 1974-1982. Chairman, Social Services Committee, 1975-1978 and 1980-1982. Chairman, Bexley Heath Authority, 1981-1983.

Member of Parliament for Gillingham, since 1983. Member. Select Committee for Social Services, 1983-1984. Parliamentary Private Secretary to Minister for Social Security, 1984-1985, Minister for Health, 1986-1988 and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1988-1989.

Secretary of State for Social Security, 1989-1990. Member, Select Committee for Health, 1991-1992. Member, Public Accounts Committee, since 1992.

Teacher, 1963-1964; representative and property negotiator in the oil industry, 1964-1970. Family licensed trade company, since 1970. Manager 1970-1974, General Manager 1974-1980, Director since 1980.


  • Other Interests

    Music; reading; foreign travel. Politics; health and social services, defence, small businesses. Northern Ireland, Hong Kong and Far East.


Spouse Barbara Jean Heilbrun, 1967. Children: one son, one d.