Kevin Foster

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Conservative MP for Torbay


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11th May to 2nd June 2020

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2nd to 9th June 2020

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10th June 2020 onwards

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Kevin Foster’s voting in Parliament

Kevin Foster is a Conservative MP, and on the vast majority of issues votes the same way as other Conservative MPs.

However, Kevin Foster sometimes differs from their party colleagues, such as:

We have lots more plain English analysis of Kevin Foster’s voting record on issues like health, welfare, taxation and more. Visit Kevin Foster’s full vote analysis page for more.

Kevin Foster has never rebelled against their party in the current parliament. Find out more.

Recent appearances

  • Written Answers — Home Office: English Language: Education 24 Feb 2021

    The Government has reformed and simplified immigration routes to ensure the English language teaching sector can recruit international students, including those from the EU. The Visitor route now enables a student to study English at an accredited institution in the UK for up to 6 months. The bespoke Short-term Study (English language) route is still available for longer periods of English...
  • Written Answers — Home Office: Biometrics: Tees Valley 24 Feb 2021

    UK Visa and Citizenship Application Service (UKVCAS) centres are run by Sopra Steria Ltd (SSL) on behalf of UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI). To determine the service points network when this service was incepted, SSL undertook market research to identify service locations; their research included the impact on customer travel time, cost and accessibility. When Sopra Steria undertook this...
  • Written Answers — Home Office: Immigration: EU Nationals 24 Feb 2021

    Over five million applications have been made to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS), and over 4.5 million grants of status have been made, delivering on the government’s promise to secure the rights of millions of Europeans in UK law for years to come. A comprehensive range of communications activity has been delivered to date to increase awareness of the EUSS across sectors and audience...

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Conservative MP for Torbay

Entered the House of Commons on 8 May 2015 — General election

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Topics of interest

Kevin Foster campaigned to remain in the European Union Source: BBC

  • Department of Health
  • Department for Transport
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Home Office
  • Department for Environment
  • Food and Rural Affairs
  • Junior Doctors: Pay
  • Gender Recognition
  • Consultants: Pay
  • Railways: South West
  • Broadband: Torbay

Currently held offices

  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (since 16 Dec 2019)

Other offices held in the past

  • Assistant Whip (4 Apr 2019 to 16 Dec 2019)
  • The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales (4 Apr 2019 to 16 Dec 2019)
  • The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office (4 Apr 2019 to 31 Oct 2019)
  • Member, Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee) (31 Oct 2017 to 24 Apr 2019)
  • Member, Backbench Business Committee (13 Jun 2016 to 3 May 2017)
  • Member, Backbench Business Committee (14 Dec 2015 to 12 May 2016)
  • Member, Ecclesiastical Committee (Joint Committee) (28 Oct 2015 to 3 May 2017)
  • Member, Public Accounts Committee (7 Jul 2015 to 3 May 2017)

Previous MPs in this constituency

Public bill committees (Sittings attended)

Register of Members’ Interests

Last updated: 15 Feb 2021.

8. Miscellaneous
From 17 January 2020, Vice-Chair of the Torquay Town Deal Board. This is an unpaid role. (Registered 27 January 2020)

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