Minister of State for Crime Prevention

Norman Baker MP

Biography

Norman Baker was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport in May 2010. He is the Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes.

Education

Norman was educated at The Royal Liberty School in Gidea Park and studied at Royal Holloway College, University of London.

Political career

  • Member of Parliament for Lewes, 1997 to present
  • Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment and Transport, 2002 to 2005
  • Shadow Environment and Rural Affairs Secretary, 2005 to 2006
  • Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, 2007
  • Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, 2007 to 2010
  • Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport, May 2010 to present

Career outside politics

He held a number of jobs after leaving university, including Regional Director for Our Price Records and a teacher of English as a foreign language. He was elected as a local councillor in 1987 and in 1991 became the Liberal Democrat Leader of Lewes District Council.

Minister of State for Crime Prevention

The minister is responsible for:

  • drugs
  • drugs strategy
  • forensic science
  • volume, acquisitive and business crime (including burglary, motor vehicle crime, retail crime, cash vehicles in transit, wildlife/rural crime, metal theft)
  • crime statistics
  • crime strategy
  • designing out crime
  • antisocial behaviour
  • public health
  • alcohol (including Licensing Act and powers of police and local authorities) and alcohol strategy
  • violent crime, violent offender orders
  • homelessness
  • community activism
  • youth crime and youth violence
  • domestic violence, including forced marriage, honour-based killing and FGM
  • sexual violence, sex offenders, child sex offenders review, prostitution, lap dancing
  • violence against women and girls, sexualisation of young people, women’s safety and fear of crime
  • missing persons
  • hate crime
  • child sexual exploitation, including Sexual Violence against Children and Vulnerable People national group
  • animals in science regulation
  • British Transport Police reform
  • firearms

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

    • 2010 to 2013

Announcements

by Norman Baker MP

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  1. Alcohol abuse: Minister visits areas leading fight on drink-fuelled crime and disorder

    • 8 April 2014
    • News story
  2. ACMD public event: open meeting on 11 April 2014

    • 1 April 2014
    • News story
  3. Drugs: Stronger powers to seize drug cutting agents

    • 31 March 2014
    • News story
  4. Online advice service launched to thwart mobile phone thieves

    • 24 March 2014
    • News story
  5. UK negotiates closer global collaboration on drugs

    • 18 March 2014
    • News story
  6. UK calls for international action on mephedrone

    • 13 March 2014
    • News story
  7. Sexting and controlling behaviour highlighted in teenage relationship campaign

    • 13 March 2014
    • News story
  8. Missing people: funding for Missing People charity

    • 4 March 2014
    • News story
  9. Local Alcohol Action Areas to tackle irresponsible drinking

    • 13 February 2014
    • News story
  10. Consultation on fees under the Licensing Act 2003

    • 13 February 2014
    • Statement to Parliament

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