Lord Cotter, a life peer, and a Liberal Democrat politician, died 14 November, 2023. He was 87.
Brian Joseph Michael Cotter was born 24 Aug, 1936, and served as the Lib Dem MP for Weston-super-Mare, 1997-2005.
Elected to the Commons in 1997, Brian Cotter was the first Member of Parliament for Weston-super-Mare to not be from the Conservative Party since 1923. He had contested the same seat in 1992 without success. He was re-elected in 2001, but lost the seat at the 2005 general election. Throughout his time in Parliament, he served as Small Business Spokesman for the Liberal Democrats. In April 2006, it was announced that Cotter would be raised to the peerage and was gazetted in the name, style and title of Baron Cotter, of Congresbury in the County of Somerset. He sat as a Liberal Democrat peer in the House of Lords.