Minister role for Foster
Bath MP Don Foster has been made a minister in this week's cabinet reshuffle.
The 65-year-old Liberal Democrat is now a minister of state in the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
His boss will be Conservative Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who on an election campaign visit to the city in 2010 mistakenly insisted that Mr Foster was retiring from politics.
Former teacher Mr Foster, pictured, who was first elected in 1992, had been his party's culture, media and sport spokesman.
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His responsibilities at DCLG, where he has replaced his party colleague Andrew Stunell, are not yet known.
He said: "I'm very chuffed to be invited to join the Government. I'm nervous and excited."
Mr Foster, who sits on the official Olympics board, said he would miss his culture, media and sport responsibilities, but argued that working at the heart of the department responsible for local government would help him champion Bath's cause even more effectively.
He acknowledged that he would have to abide by cabinet decisions once they had been taken, but insisted that he would otherwise be able to speak his mind freely on all political issues.
"I don't think it limits me at all," he said.