Tributes are being paid to former Nottinghamshire County Councillor, Nottingham City Councillor and Nottingham South MP, Martin Brandon-Bravo OBE following his death in the early hours of yesterday (15 August 2018).
The Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Councillor Kay Cutts, says she will remember Martin Brandon-Bravo for his sense of fun and boundless enthusiasm, more than the phenomenal politician that most people saw.
Councillor Cutts said: “I’d met Martin many times prior to him being elected to the County Council in 1993 and, like everyone I’d seen him in action as a phenomenal politician. But it was during his time as my Deputy Leader at the County Council, when we shared an office, that I got to really know more about Martin the man – his energy, his sense of fun and his boundless enthusiasm. We should all be a bit more Martin.
“Away from the cut and thrust of politics, he was absolutely dedicated to his family, especially his dear wife Sally and their sons and my thoughts are with them at this difficult time. I am sure it will be of comfort that he took the decision to stand down from frontline politics in 2009, which has given them more precious time for family life.
“As well as politics and his family, the sport of rowing was Martin’s other major passion in life and I remember him telling me how one of his proudest moments was being pictured with the Team GB Olympic Gold medalists – which must have been quite a sight as they were huge men and Martin was quite tiny! Through his rowing connections, Martin was instrumental in bringing the National Watersports Centre to Nottinghamshire, which is one of many fantastic legacies we can all remember him by.”
Martin Brandon-Bravo was first elected to Nottingham City Council in May 1968 and served until 1971. He was re-elected to the City Council in 1976.
He stood for Parliament in 1979 and was elected MP for Nottingham South from 1983 to 1992. After leaving Parliament he was elected to the County Council in 1993 and served as Deputy Leader of the Opposition Conservative Group before retiring from frontline politics in 2009.
He was made an Honorary Alderman of Nottinghamshire County Council in June 2009, an honour bestowed on just a handful of County Councillors who have provided long and exceptional services to the Council.