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Michael John Foster (born 14 March 1963) is a former Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom, who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Worcester from 1997 until 2010, and was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Development.

Mike Foster
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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for
International Development
In office
5 October 2008 – 6 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byShahid Malik
Member of Parliament
for Worcester
In office
1 May 1997 – 12 April 2010
Preceded byPeter Luff
Succeeded byRobin Walker
Personal details
Born (1963-03-14) 14 March 1963 (age 56)
Birmingham, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Wolverhampton

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Early lifeEdit

Michael Foster was born in Birmingham and was educated at the Great Wyrley High School in Great Wyrley near Cannock, and Wolverhampton Polytechnic (now Wolverhampton University) where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1984. He later studied at the University of Wolverhampton where he received a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in 1995.

He joined Jaguar Cars in 1984 as a financial analyst, becoming a senior analyst in 1985 and a management accountant in 1987. He left Jaguar in 1991 to become a lecturer in accountancy and finance at Worcester College of Technology, where he remained until he became an MP.[citation needed]

Parliamentary careerEdit

He joined the Labour Party in 1980, and was a shop steward for the Transport and General Workers' Union for two years from 1986. He became the secretary of the Worcestershire Mid Constituency Labour Party in 1987, and the secretary of the Worcester Constituency Labour Party for three years from 1992. Michael Foster was elected to the House of Commons at the 1997 General Election for Worcester with a majority of 7,425, and remained the MP there until 2010. He made his maiden speech on 2 June 1997, where he spoke of the constituency and the Royal Worcester porcelain. He was the only Labour MP ever to represent Worcester in parliament.[citation needed]

He joined the education and employment select committee in 1999, and after the 2001 General Election he served as the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the Minister of State at the Department for Education and Skills Margaret Hodge. After the 2005 General Election he became the PPS to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain. In the reshuffle of May 2006, he entered the government as an assistant whip. In another reshuffle in October 2008, he was promoted to be a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Development.

Foster introduced a private member's bill to ban hunting with dogs in 1997; although his bill did not become law, its principles were later passed into law by the Hunting Act 2004.[citation needed]

Foster lost his seat to Robin Walker (Conservative) in the May 2010 election.

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