Michael Cocks

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe
Opposition Chief Whip
In office
4 May 1979 – 23 October 1985
Leader James Callaghan
Michael Foot
Neil Kinnock
Preceded by Humphrey Atkins
Succeeded by Derek Foster
Chief Whip
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
In office
8 April 1976 – 4 May 1979
Prime Minister James Callaghan
Preceded by Bob Mellish
Succeeded by Michael Jopling
Member of Parliament
for Bristol South
In office
18 June 1970 – 11 June 1987
Preceded by William Wilkins
Succeeded by Dawn Primarolo
Personal details
Born Michael Francis Lovell Cocks
(1929-08-19)19 August 1929
Died 26 March 2001(2001-03-26) (aged 71)
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Bristol

Michael Francis Lovell Cocks, Baron Cocks of Hartcliffe, PC (19 August 1929 – 26 March 2001) was a moderate Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

Cocks was educated at Silcoates School, Wakefield and Bristol University and became a teacher.

Political career[edit]

Cocks contested Bristol West in 1959 and South Gloucestershire in 1964 and 1966. He was Member of Parliament for Bristol South from 1970 until 1987, after being deselected as a candidate in 1986 and replaced by Dawn Primarolo. During his time in the House of Commons, Cocks served as a Labour whip in government and in opposition, being Chief Whip from 1976-1985.

Cocks was given a life peerage in 1987, becoming Baron Cocks of Hartcliffe and served as vice-chairman of the BBC 1993-98. He also served as Deputy Chairman of the London Docklands Development Corporation.

As Government Chief Whip from 1976 to 1979 he had the task of ensuring Government majorities for a minority government.

Published Work

Labour and the Benn Factor, MacDonald 1989


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Wilkins
Member of Parliament for Bristol South
Succeeded by
Dawn Primarolo
Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Mellish
Chief Whip of the Labour Party
Succeeded by
Derek Foster
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
Succeeded by
Michael Jopling