Deputy Chief Whip, Comptroller of HM Household

The Rt Hon Don Foster


The Rt Hon Don Foster MP was appointed as Deputy Chief Whip (Comptroller of HM Household) in October 2013.

He was elected as the Liberal Democrat MP for Bath in 1992.


Don Foster was educated at the Lancaster Royal Grammar School, before studying at Keele University where he was awarded a BSc in physics and psychology. He went on to gain an MEd at the University of Bath.

Political career

Don served as Spokesman on Education under the leadership of Paddy Ashdown from 1992 to 1999.

He has also served on the following Select Committees:

  • Education Sub-committee 1995-99
  • Education and Employment 1995-99

Don was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government in September 2012.

Career outside politics

Don was a science teacher for many years, before becoming a science project director with the Avon Education Authority. He later became a lecturer in education at Bath University. During the 1980s he served as a councillor on Avon County Council and was Chair of the Education Committee.

Personal life

Mr Foster lives in Bath and is married to Victoria. They have a son and a daughter and 6 grandchildren. A member of Amnesty International and the Child Poverty Action Group, he is particularly interested in issues in the developing world.

Deputy Chief Whip, Comptroller of HM Household

Whips are MPs or Lords appointed by each party to help organise their party’s contribution to parliamentary business. They are responsible for making sure the maximum number of their party members vote, and vote the way their party wants.

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

    • 2012 to 2013


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