Devon-born Kevin Foster has been chosen as the Tory candidate in Torbay.
Kevin has been plying his political trade in Coventry, where he’s been on the Coventry City Council since 2002, but he cut his Tory teeth with his involvement with the Torbay Young Conservatives.
Growing up in Plymouth, he went to the ‘local’ comprehensive, before heading off to university to study Law and International Economic Law. As a summer job he was a delivery driver for Granda TV rental.
His dad was a labourer/painter in Devonport Dockyard for 37 years and his mum’s a teaching assistant.
According to ThisisSouthDevon: “His key policy interests include promoting opportunity, transport and developing an enterprise-based economy with the infrastructure needed to innovate.”
Kevin will stand down as leader of the Tory group at Coventry City Council in May, and he will continue as councillor for Cheylesmore before standing at the next general election, so says The Coventry Telegraph, to which he said: “I’ve been splitting my time between Coventry and Devon where my mother is unwell.
“This is a great opportunity to combine the family and pursue ambitions I’ve held for some time.
“I’m sad to be leaving Coventry. I’ve enjoyed my time on the council. Coventry has a great future.”
It seems from comments on the story that Kevin is quite hardworking, for a Tory.
But Kev’s hardly a shoo-in in Torbay, despite the Coalition. Lid Dem Adrian Sanders has spoken out against some of the Coalition’s policies, plus he managed to increase his majority at the last election, but we have heard a whisper that Adrian may be standing down before the next election, which would make the Torbay seat wide open.
Let’s go back to Kev for what he told Conservatives.com: “I am delighted to be selected to fight for Torbay at the next General Election. I have many happy memories of time spent in Paignton as a child and of working in the area to help fund my university studies.
“For me this is not just about a selection, but a homecoming to the county I was born in. I believe the next few years present some exciting opportunities for The Bay as a whole, but also a range of challenges.
“I look forward to working with the Torbay Conservative team to fight an election campaign based on the positive difference that we can make for local people.”
But we’re sure the people of The Bay are suffering at the negative difference the Tory-led Coalition is imposing…
And you can always find out more about the Torbay Conservatives on the Torbay Conservative site.