He was elected at the 1929 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Portsmouth Central, but lost his seat two years later at the 1931 election, when Labour split over the formation of the National Government.
In Clement Attlee's post-war government, he served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 1945 to 1950, and was made a Privy Councillor in 1947. After leaving government in 1950, he served as chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP)'s liaison committee, a position equivalent to the current role of Chairman of the PLP.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Glenvil Hall
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Sir Harry Seymour Foster
| Member of Parliament for Portsmouth Central
| Member of Parliament for Colne Valley
| Financial Secretary to the Treasury
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