Kevin Foster (politician)

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Kevin Foster

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Member of Parliament
for Torbay
Assumed office
8 May 2015
Preceded byAdrian Sanders
Majority14,283 (27.9%)
Personal details
Born (1978-12-31) 31 December 1978 (age 40)
Plymouth, United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
Alma materUniversity of Warwick

Kevin John Foster[1] MP (born 31 December 1978) is a British Conservative Party politician, representing the Torbay Parliamentary constituency since 2015.

Early life and career[edit]

Kevin Foster was born in Plymouth on 31 December 1978. He was educated at Hele's School and the University of Warwick (LLB, 2000; LLM, 2001).[2] After graduating from university, he worked in the West Midlands as a paralegal and secretary for a number of firms.[3]

Foster stood successfully as the Conservative candidate in the Cheylesmore ward of Coventry City Council in 2002, being re-elected in 2004, 2007 and 2011.[4] He served as Leader of the opposition for two years in Coventry, before standing down in 2013 to go and seek election in Torbay.[5]

Parliamentary career[edit]

Foster unsuccessfully fought Coventry South in 2010, coming second to Labour's Jim Cunningham.

Foster was elected at the 2015 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Torbay in 2015.[6][7] His election agent was Alison Hernandez, who has been subject to an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission over allegations she failed to properly declare election expenses that were submitted in her role as an election agent.[8]

In May 2016, it emerged that Foster was one of a number of Conservative MPs being investigated by police in the United Kingdom general election, 2015 party spending investigation, for allegedly spending more than the legal limit on constituency election campaign expenses.[9] However, in May 2017, the Crown Prosecution Service said that while there was evidence of inaccurate spending returns, it did not "meet the test" for further action.[10]

Foster was opposed to Brexit prior to the 2016 referendum.[11]

In the June 2017 General Election, he received 27,141 votes, meaning that he increased his majority to 14,283 over his opposition.

Personal life[edit]

Kevin Foster is married to Hazel Foster. They met in Coventry, where Hazel was a fellow Conservative parliamentary candidate. With a 25 year age gap, Foster has been compared to the French politician Emmanuel Macron, who is also substantially younger than his partner.[12]


  1. ^ "No. 61230". The London Gazette. 18 May 2015. p. 9121.
  2. ^ ‘FOSTER, Kevin John’, Who's Who 2016, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2016
  3. ^ "Linkedin". Linkedin. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Coventry City Council Election Results 1973-2012" (PDF). Plymouth University. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Coventry Tory leader Kevin Foster to stand down". Coventry Telegraph. 25 April 2013.
  6. ^ "Torbay Parliamentary constituency". BBC. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  7. ^ "General Election 2015: Tories oust Devon Lib Dems". BBC. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  8. ^ Steven Morris, 'Devon and Cornwall PCC expenses inquiry file sent to prosecutors', The Guardian (12 April 2017).
  9. ^ "Election Expenses Exposed". Channel 4 News. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  10. ^ "No charges over 2015 Conservative battle bus cases". BBC. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  11. ^ Goodenough, Tom (16 February 2016). "Which Tory MPs back Brexit, who doesn't and who is still on the fence?". The Spectator. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Relative Values: Kevin Foster MP, 38, and his 66-year-old wife, Hazel — the British Macrons". Sunday Times. 3 December 2017.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Adrian Sanders
Member of Parliament
for Torbay