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- Steve Baker (politician)
- Website: http://www.stevebaker.info/
- Linkback: Conservatives for Britain
- ERG member.
DeSmog UK dbase entry, https://www.desmog.co.uk/steve-baker
|Jun.2017||Appointed 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.|
|Nov.2016||Chairman of the European Research Group on its relaunch; to keep up pressure on the govt and force its hand.|
|Jun.2015||Founding 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.2010||On 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".|
|Oct.2010||Asbestos: 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. Is there any connection between Mr Baker's lobbying and the Corporate Espionage#Asbestos unmasking?|
- Sept.30.2018: Steve Baker, the ex-Brexit minister hell-bent on torpedoing May's Chequers plan. Manoeuvrings of ideologically driven Tory MP may yet bring down the PM or bring Britain closer to no-deal scenario. Excellent source of bg. info on Baker. David Pegg, Felcity Lawrence, Rob Evans, The Guardian.
- 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.
- Feb.02.2018: EU threatens sanctions to stop Britain undercutting economy. Penalties against companies that receive state subsidies and putting Britain on a tax blacklist of unco-operative jurisdictions are among proposals contained in a strategy paper published this week by the European Commission. Tags: Jacob Rees-Mogg, Centre for European Reform. Francis Elliott, Sam Coates, Lucy Fisher, Henry Zeffman, The Times.
- Feb.01.2018: Brexit minister forced into apology for maligning civil service. Steve Baker under fire over claims civil servants attempted to sway policy with their economic models. Anushka Asthana, The Guardian.
- 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.
- Jul.03.2017: Brexit: Minister appointed to negotiate Britain's withdrawal wants European Union 'wholly torn down'. Steve Baker MP makes comments at right-wing Libertarian Alliance conference in 2010. In a speech to a right-wing think tank, minister Steve Baker said the EU should be “wholly torn down”, before branding it an “obstacle” to world peace and “incompatible” with a free society. Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said: “It is extraordinary that Theresa May has put such an extreme Brexiteer at the heart of the Government. Tom Embury-Dennis, The Independent.
- Jul.02.2017: Brexit minister linked to group that used loophole to channel £435,000 to DUP used to fund Leave campaign. Steve Baker disclosed that he received £6,500 from the Constitutional Research Council (CRC) on behalf of the ERG. The Council is chaired by Richard Cook, a former vice chairman of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. His business associates reportedly include a former Saudi spy and a man involved in a major arms scandal. The origin of the funds gathered by the CRC remain unknown. Chloe Farand, The Independent.
- Jul.01.2017: The new Brexit minister, the arms industry, the American hard right… and Equatorial Guinea. Steve Baker, the new Brexit minister, has taken cash from the shady Constitutional Research Council… and a whole lot of other people too. Adam Ramsay, Peter Geoghegan, openDemocracy UK.
- 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.
- Theresa May names Eurosceptic MP Steve Baker as junior Brexit minister under David Davis. Benjamin Kentish, The Independent, Jun.13.2017.
- The Legatum Institute. Steve Baker. Accessed Apr.26.2018.
- Brexit minister "supports removing asbestos laws". TUC, Jul.01.2017.
- Asbestos regulations under attack by the government minister. Philip Lewis, London Hazards Centre, Jul.04.2017.