Michael Jabez Foster

Former Labour MP for Hastings and Rye

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Recent appearances

  • Petitions: Hunting with Dogs 30 Mar 2010

    I have been asked to present the petition of Mr. Kim Stallwood, a passionate animal welfare advocate, and some 4,000 of my constituents, bringing attention to proposals to bring back the barbaric blood sport of fox hunting. The petition states: The Petition of residents of Hastings and Rye and others, Declares that the petitioners believe that hunting with dogs is cruel; further declares that...
  • Written Answers — Women and Equality: Departmental Food 30 Mar 2010

    The Government Equalities Office does not procure any meat or dairy products.
  • Written Answers — Women and Equality: Equality Bill 30 Mar 2010

    Further to my answer of 9 March 2010, there is no formal correspondence on this issue involving my Department to place in the Library. My officials have discussed extending the socio-economic duty to all fire and rescue authorities with representatives of the Chief Fire Officers Association, Local Government Association, Fire Brigades Union, UNISON, and other interested parties. Officials...

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Former Labour MP for Hastings and Rye

Entered the House of Commons on 1 May 1997 — General election

Left the House of Commons on 12 April 2010 — General election (stood again)


Topics of interest

  • Home Department
  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs
  • Health
  • Treasury
  • Prime Minister
  • Fisheries
  • Antisocial Behaviour
  • Post Office: Expenditure
  • NHS: Equal Opportunities
  • Health Expenditure

Other offices held in the past

  • Parliamentary Secretary, Government Equalities Office (10 Jun 2009 to 11 May 2010)
  • Chairman, Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill (Joint Committee) (7 May 2008 to 27 Nov 2008)
  • Member, Draft Legal ServicesBill (Joint Committee) (3 Aug 2006 to 27 Apr 2007)
  • Member, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee) (1 Nov 2005 to 8 Dec 2009)
  • Member, Work and Pensions Committee (14 Jul 2005 to 11 May 2010)
  • Member, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee) (29 Jun 2005 to 8 Dec 2009)
  • PPS (Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith, Attorney General), Law Officers' Department (2 Nov 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • PPS (Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department (2 Nov 2004 to 11 Apr 2005)
  • PPS (Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith, Attorney General), Law Officers' Department (13 May 2004 to 7 Sep 2004)
  • PPS (Rt Hon Harriet Harman, Solicitor General), Law Officers' Department (13 May 2004 to 7 Sep 2004)

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Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 12 Apr 2010.

2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Consultant to a firm of solicitors, Messrs. Fynmores of Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.

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