Having stood unsuccessfully for Nottingham East in the 1979 General Election, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Nottingham South from 1983 to 1992 when he was defeated by the Alan Simpson (Lab). In his time in Parliament he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Home Secretary, David Waddington (1989-1990), and subsequently to the Leader of the Lords 1990-1992.
He was a Conservative councillor for the City of Nottingham 1968-1970 and 1976-1987. Leaving Parliament he became Councillor for West Bridgford West division of Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) from 1993, serving as Deputy Leader of the party group, until retiring at the 2009 elections. Reflecting his economic and political contributions, he was appointed as an alderman of NCC in July 2009 and of the City of Nottingham in January 2012.
Brandon-Bravo was a successful club oarsman before becoming president of the forerunner to the present body in the sport of rowing, the Amateur Rowing Association in 1993 and he is now one of three life Vice Presidents of British Rowing, which has combined professionals and amateurs in one organisation. As an International Umpire he officiated at World and Olympic Championships, and was a founding member of the National Water Sports Center at Holme Pierrepont Nottingham.
He married Sally in 1964 and she has supported him throughout a successful business, sporting and political career. They have two sons, Paul and Joel.
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