James Couchman

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James Randall Couchman (born 11 February 1942) is a retired British Conservative politician.

Early life[edit]

He was educated at Cranleigh School and the University of Newcastle and was a London Borough of Bexley councillor from 1974-82.

Political career[edit]

Couchman first stood for Parliament at Chester-le-Street in 1979, but was beaten by Labour's Giles Radice.

He was Member of Parliament (MP) for Gillingham from 1983 until his defeat in 1997 by Labour's Paul Clark.


  • "Times Guide to the House of Commons", Times Newspapers Limited, 1997 edition.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Frederick Burden
Member of Parliament for Gillingham
Succeeded by
Paul Clark