Kevin Foster (politician)
|Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales|
|Assumed office |
4 April 2019
|Prime Minister||Theresa May|
|Preceded by||Nigel Adams|
|Member of Parliament|
|Assumed office |
8 May 2015
|Preceded by||Adrian Sanders|
|Born||31 December 1978|
Plymouth, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||University of Warwick|
Early life and career
Kevin Foster was born in Plymouth on 31 December 1978 to Michael and Linda Foster. His early education was at the community school Hele's School. Foster studied law at the University of Warwick (LLB, 2000; LLM, 2001). After graduating from university, he worked in the West Midlands as a paralegal and secretary for a number of firms.
Foster stood successfully as the Conservative candidate in the Cheylesmore ward of Coventry City Council in 2002. He was re-elected in 2004, 2007 and 2011. He served as Leader of the opposition for two years in Coventry, before standing down in 2013 to contest the 2015 general election in Torbay.
Foster was elected at the 2015 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Torbay in 2015. His election agent Alison Hernandez was investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over allegations she failed to properly declare election expenses that were submitted in her role. This investigation was later dropped in 2017 by the Crown Prosecution Service as although "the returns may have been inaccurate, there is insufficient evidence to prove to the criminal standard that any candidate or agent was dishonest".
In the June 2017 general election, he held his seat with a majority of 14,283 (27.9%). Foster voted for then Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal agreement in early 2019. He was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) in the Department for Communities and Local Government. He later became PPS to then Minister for the Cabinet Office David Lidington.
In July 2019, following Boris Johnson becoming prime minister, Foster became a PPS in the Cabinet Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Wales Office, and an assistant government whip.
Kevin Foster married Hazel Noonan (born in 1950) in 2017. They met in Coventry when he was a University of Warwick student. He was helping her to canvas for the Conservative Party in the local council elections in which she was a candidate. With a 28 year age gap, Foster has been compared to the French politician Emmanuel Macron, who is also substantially younger than his partner.
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- Profile at Parliament of the United Kingdom
- Contributions in Parliament at Hansard
- Voting record at Public Whip
- Record in Parliament at TheyWorkForYou
- Appearances on C-SPAN
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