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DeSmog UK dbase entry, https://www.desmog.co.uk/steve-baker

Political Timeline

Jun.2017Appointed as junior Brexit minister under David Davis in the Department for Exiting the European Union. Critics said the appointment showed Theresa May was ignorning the result of GE-2017 where she lost her majority, by appointing a hard Brexiteer to help lead negotiations.[1]
Nov.2016Chairman of the European Research Group on its relaunch; to keep up pressure on the govt and force its hand.
Jun.2015Founding member of Conservatives for Britain (CfB), formed to pressure David Cameron in his efforts to re-negotiate EU membership terms. CfB warned that it would support "Leave" in the forthcoming referendum.
Nov.2010On Thursday, I had lunch with the remarkable Legatum Institute... it's a quite astonishing group of organisations committed to human flourishing, right across the range of what Legatum calls the "Prosperity Ladder".[2]
Oct.2010Asbestos: Lobbied to weaken asbestos laws. Baker asked Iain Duncan Smith to amend the provisions of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 to distinguish between the white form of asbestos and the blue and brown forms. Baker additionally asked "if he will commission an inquiry into the appropriateness of the health and safety precautions in force in respect of asbestos cement". He also pressed for a relaxation of the rules on “end of life asbestos cement sheets on farms”, citing an asbestos industry expert to support his contention.[3][4] Is there any connection between Mr Baker's lobbying and the Corporate Espionage#Asbestos unmasking?


Articles

  • Sept.12.2018: I met Brexiter Steve Baker in Equatorial Guinea. His plan there was just as daft. This key member of the hardline European Research Group has previous in being led by ideology rather than insight. Fast forward 7 years later. For this man has emerged as one of the leading lights in the European Research Group of hardline Brexiteers – and seems to be doing much the same thing in advocating a course of action for a country based on ideology rather than insight. Baker has said he wants the EU abolished, not just Brexit. Baker is shop steward for the hardliners, trying to keep this fractious mob in line like an old-time trade unionist in a tense industrial action. Yet these obsessives threatening the prime minister and pushing the nation to disastrous brink of a no-deal departure from Brussels still cannot tell the public of their own plans. These hard-right fanatics are no different to Corbynistas on the left in their intolerance of dissent. Yet there is one big difference: they have absolutely no workable idea how to achieve their naive aims. Ian Birrell, The Guardian.
  • Feb.21.2018: Andrew Neil destroys Steve Baker over Corbyn spy allegations. Steve Baker was asked six times to explain how Jeremy Corbyn had “betrayed his country” in a scathing interview this afternoon. Gavin Williamson said Corbyn had “betrayed his country”, but most of the allegations have since been proved to be shaky at best. BBC presenter Andrew Neil said: “Surely the real scandal isn’t what Mr Corbyn has done or not done, it’s the outright lies and disinformation that your fellow Tories are spreading. (Video) Jack Peat, The London Economic.
  • Sept.10.2017: European Research Group - Who’s In It. The Young Britons Foundation reservss a special award, the Golden Dolphin, for those who merit particular admiration for their courage and leadership: Steve Baker for being proud to stand as a libertarian and a Christian when the prevailing winds might favour a weaker, less principled course. Zelo Street.
  • Jul.04.2017: Asbestos regulations under attack by the government minister. New Brexit minister Steve Baker has lobbied the government to weaken asbestos laws, Unite has revealed. The union says it is concerned by the minister’s ‘alarming’ position and is demanding that the government now provide ‘cast-iron guarantees’ that asbestos regulations won’t be watered down. Much of the existing legislation, which bans the use of asbestos and controls how the substance is removed, is based on European Union directives. Unite says Mr Baker’s appointment raises concerns that when the Tory’s ‘Great Reform Bill’ becomes law, he will be able to use his position to weaken asbestos laws, bypassing effective parliamentary scrutiny. Philip Lewis, London Hazards Centre.
  • Oct.02.2017: Iain Dale’s 100 most influential people on the Right 2017. PUSS, Department for Exiting the European Union. A devout campaigner for Brexit, Baker was appointed to this job in June as a means of reassuring Eurosceptic Tory MPs after the shock sacking of David Jones. He’s proved to be a surefooted parliamentary performer. If ever Davis should ‘go wobbly’, he can rely on Baker to keep him on the Brexit straight and narrow! Iain Dale, Conservative Home.

References

  1. ^ Theresa May names Eurosceptic MP Steve Baker as junior Brexit minister under David Davis. Benjamin Kentish, The Independent, Jun.13.2017.
  2. ^ The Legatum Institute. Steve Baker. Accessed Apr.26.2018.
  3. ^ Brexit minister "supports removing asbestos laws". TUC, Jul.01.2017.
  4. ^ Asbestos regulations under attack by the government minister. Philip Lewis, London Hazards Centre, Jul.04.2017.