Kevin FosterMember of Parliament for Torbay
Kevin Foster worked a range of jobs at the beginning of his career: bartender, factory worker and, after being called to the Bar, a criminal defence paralegal in Birmingham. In 2002, he was elected as a Conservative councillor on Coventry City Council, eventually becoming deputy leader of the council. Foster’s first attempt to enter parliament was in 2010, standing unsuccessfully in Coventry South. After being elected, he joined three committees: ecclesiastical, public accounts and backbench business. In 2017, he became PPS in the department for communities and local government later for cabinet minister David Lidington. Foster backed Remain in the 2016 EU referendum and voted in favour of Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement on all three occasions. In July 2019, he was appointed to the Cabinet Office, taking up a role as interim parliamentary secretary and minister for the constitution. In 2019, he became an assistant government whip, PPS in the Cabinet Office and parliamentary under-secretary of state for the Wales Office. Later in 2019, Foster moved to become parliamentary under-secretary of state for immigration. In this role, during November 2020, he has urged more Pakistinis to study in the UK.
Official parliamentary photograph taken by Chris McAndrew, 2017, licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0