Baroness Foster of Aghadrumsee – history and portfolio interests

Baroness Foster [Arlene Foster] is best known internationally for her key role in the Brexit negotiations with the EU, led by Prime Minister May.

Born in 1970 Ms. Foster is a non-affiliated Life Peer in the UK’s House of Lords, a Member of the Privy Council, Member of Board of Co-operation Ireland, Chairman of the Together UK Foundation, and a Member of the European Foundation Advisory Board. Arlene Foster was appointed as First Minister of Northern Ireland on 11 January 2016 becoming both the youngest person to hold the post and Northern Ireland’s first female First Minister.
Following the UK Assembly election of May 2016 Arlene was returned as First Minister. Arlene was instrumental in establishing powersharing in Northern Ireland and served as Minister for the Environment when devolution returned to Northern Ireland in 2007.
After the UK General Election of June 2017, Arlene led her Party into a Confidence and Supply Agreement with the Conservative Party in order to secure stable government for the UK. The period between the election and the formation of a new Government has been described as one of the most significant constitutional periods in generations.
Her international Focus includes: -.
• Developing nations of Africa
• India and
• The Middle East
Policy Interests
• Business, industry, and nationality
• Economy and finance
• International affairs
• Online Safety – especially for young and vulnerable people
• Parliament, government, and politics
• Promoting the Union of the United Kingdom
Political Career
• As First Minister of Northern Ireland for the Northern Ireland Executive – Ms Foster was elected to the role twice from 2017 to 2021.
• Minister for Finance and Personnel – 2015
• Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Investment – 2008 to 2015
• Minister for the Department of the Environment – 2007 to 2008
Baroness Foster trained as a Solicitor in private practice – 2001 to 2007.


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