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Former paralegal Kevin Foster becomes immigration minister
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Former paralegal Kevin Foster becomes immigration minister

We’re a bit late to this, but it’s become an annual tradition to report on the new immigration minister, a job that has now been held by six different people since 2016. Kevin Foster, the MP for Torbay, took up the role just before Christmas.

Foster has a good deal of legal knowledge, having studied law to master’s level at Warwick University and worked as a criminal defence paralegal in Coventry. He was called to the bar in 2002, but does not appear to have gone into practice: the Home Office website goes no further than to say that he “trained in the legal profession”. A long-time Conservative councillor, Foster was elected as an MP in 2015 and was a briefly a junior minister at the Wales Office.¬†

The immigration minister merry-go-round
Kevin Foster December 2019 – present
Seema Kennedy July 2019 – December 2019
Caroline Nokes January 2018 – July 2019
Brandon Lewis  June 2017 РJanuary 2018
Robert Goodwill July 2016 – June 2017
James Brokenshire February 2014 – July 2016

The immigration minister reports to the Home Secretary. The job used to be a Minister of State with a seat in the Cabinet, but under the Johnson administration it has been downgraded to a Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State.

CJ McKinney is Free Movement's editor. He's here to make sure that the website is on top of everything that happens in the world of immigration law, whether by writing articles, commissioning them out or considering pitches. CJ is an adviser on legal and policy matters to the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, and keeps up with the wider legal world as a contributor to Legal Cheek. Twitter: @mckinneytweets.