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

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

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, when he was deselected as a candidate and replaced by Dawn Primarolo. During his time in the House of Commons, Cocks served as a Labour whip in government and in opposition.

Cocks was given a life peerage in 1987, becoming Baron Cocks of Hartcliffe.


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
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury
1976 – 1979
Succeeded by
Michael Jopling
Government Chief Whip
1976 – 1979

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