Bellotti first contested the Eastbourne seat at the 1979 general election, subsequently fighting Lewes in the 1983 and 1987 general elections under the Liberal banner. He then won the parliamentary seat of Eastbourne for the Liberal Democrats in the Eastbourne by-election following the assassination of Conservative MP Ian Gow by the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA). Two years later Bellotti was defeated by Nigel Waterson in the 1992 general election in which John Major's Conservative government was re-elected.
David Bellotti returned to local government, regaining a seat on the council. He then became CEO of Brighton & Hove Albion, a position in which he controversially took part in the sale of the club's stadium after their articles of association had been changed, allowing for profit to be made on the sale of the Goldstone Ground. This change was however reversed on the insistence of the Football Association, preventing directors from taking out more than they had invested. Bellotti became reviled by Brighton fans and left the area shortly afterwards.
After leaving the football club and losing his council seat Bellotti moved to Bath and became election agent for Don Foster MP. In May 2003 David Bellotti was elected councillor for Lyncombe ward on Bath and North East Somerset council and was re-elected in May 2007. On 8 May 2008 he was appointed as Chairman of the Council for 2008/9.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "E" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
- Greg Wood (29 October 1996). "Brighton rocked by civil war". The Independent. Retrieved 14 December 2009.
- "Lyncombe". Bath Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 14 December 2009.
- "Council hosts unique Fairtrade visit for Fairtrade Fortnight". Bath and North East Somerset Council. 2009-02-16. Retrieved 14 December 2009.[dead link]
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by David Bellotti
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