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Culture, media and sport - Don Foster

Don Foster provided one of the most memorable upsets of the 1992 general election when he unseated Chris Patten - the architect of the Conservative Party's victory.

A former science teacher who rose to become chair of Avon County Council's education committee, Mr Foster was quickly appointed education spokesman on arriving in the Commons.

When Charles Kennedy took over from Paddy Ashdown as Lib Dem leader, Mr Foster was given the job of shadowing John Prescott's environment, transport and regions ministry.

He then became transport spokesman before taking up his current culture, media and sport portfolio.

Don Foster

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