Michael Foster

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Michael Foster was the Labour member of parliament for Worcester between 1997 and 2010.

He is currently head of communications to the charity WaterAid.


Foster was the Labour member of parliament for Worcester between 1997 and 2010. In 1997 he won 50.1 percent, 48.6 percent in 2001, 41.9 percent in 2005 and came second in 2010 with 33.4 percent to the Conservatives's Robin Walker.[1][2]

Whilst in parliament he held the roles of parliamentary private secretary to the Department for Education and Skills, Home Office and to Rt Hon Peter Hain, he was then assistant whip between 2006 and 2008 and finally parliamentary under-secretary to the Department for International Development until 2010.[3]

Israel Advocacy

In October 2015, Bragg signed a letter in The Guardian along with more than 150 people drawn from the arts and politics. The letter launched Culture for Coexistence, an organisation that opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.[4]

Revolving door

  • Head of Communications, WaterAid, November 2010. The role was approved by ACOBA who saw "no reason why he should not take up this appointment forthwith, subject to the condition that, for 2 years from his last day in office, he should not become personally involved in lobbying UK GovernmentMinisters or Crown servants, including Special Advisers, on behalf of his new employer".[5] Foster has been appointed to help drive forward WaterAid's global five year strategy to bring safe water and sanitation to 25 million people by 2015.[6]


  1. Michael Foster The Guardian, accessed 4 December 2014
  2. Election 2010 results by constituency BBC News, accessed 4 December 2014
  3. Michael Foster They Work For You, accessed 4 December 2014
  4. Harriet Sherwood, 'Star authors call for Israeli-Palestinian dialogue rather than boycotts', The Guardian, 22 October 2015, accessed 23 October 2015
  5. Twelfth Report 2010-2011 Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, accessed 4 December 2014
  6. David Woods Wateraid appoints Mike Foster as head of communications PR Week, 19 November 2010, accessed 4 December 2014