A star is born in Kevin Foster as PM dodges urgent questions

IT was the gig of a lifetime. My big shot at stardom. No longer would I just be Kevin Foster, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales. I would be proud defender of the Prime Minister, his best supporting actor at a time of national crisis. I would be in the papers, on the telly, trending on Twitter, he said. “You’ve got a bright future ahead of you,” he said. Just stick to the script.

It wasn’t going to be easy. Some might even say I was tasked with defending the indefensible. Why wasn’t Boris Johnson in the Commons himself, they asked, to respond to their urgent questions about his use of language in parliament on Wednesday night, and his utterly crass remarks about murdered MP Jo Cox?

I’ll tell you why – because a little-known MP with a big dream was ready to step into the limelight…

Read the rest of this column at thenational.scot

Published in The National on September 27 2019.

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