_. The Lord Foster of Bishop Auckland, life peer, died 6 January, 2018. He was 81.
As Derek Foster he was Labour MP for Bishop Auckland 1979-2005, and was the Opposition Chief Whip 1985-95, and Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 1995-97. In Blair's first administration he was briefly an under secretary in the Cabinet Office, resigned 1997.
Derek Foster was sworn of the Privy Council in 1993 and created a life peer as Baron Foster of Bishop Auckland in 2005.