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'Lone wolf' MP Norman Baker quits to focus on music

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker has stepped down from his role as Home Office minister to spend more time on his band, his family and his constituents.

His fractious relationship with Home Secretary Theresa May also played a large part in his decision.

ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby reports:

Featherstone 'very happy' to return to Home Office

The incoming Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone has said she is happy with her appointment as Norman Baker's replacement and is looking forward to resuming her work on women's rights, including bringing an end to female genital mutilation.

I am very happy to be returning to the Home Office. I am very proud of what I was able to achieve in my previous role there, not least introducing equal marriage, ending the fingerprinting of children and banning wheel clamping on private land.

I am also looking forward to continuing my work tackling violence against women and girls and on ending FGM at home and abroad.

I have always had a very constructive relationship with Theresa May and I look forward to working with her again.

– Lynne Featherstone


Lynne Featherstone to replace Norman Baker

Lynne Featherstone will replace Norman Baker as Lib Dem Home Office minister. Credit: PA

Lynne Featherstone is to replace Norman Baker as Liberal Democrat minister at the Home Office, Nick Clegg has announced.

The MP for Hornsey and Wood Green was appointed Home Office junior minister for equality in 2012. Two years later she became junior minister for international development.

She has also been Lib Dem spokesman for youth equality and was one of the first politicians to push the same-sex marriage bill through parliament.

Baker: Dealing with Theresa May was a constant battle

Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker, who has resigned as Home Office minister, says dealing with Home Secretary Theresa May was a "constant battle" and relations in the department were "disappointing".

Mr Baker denied claims that he thought he was the same ministerial rank as Mrs May but accused her of treating the department as if it was part of a Conservative government and not a coalition.

He added that he needed a break from ministerial office to spend more time with his family and on outside interests.

Norman Baker was a 'lone wolf' in the Home Office

Former Tory minister Damien Green has described Norman Baker as a "natural lone wolf, not a natural team player".

He said Baker did not like the fact he had to work under Home Secretary Theresa May and wanted to clear everything himself.

"I think he maybe he had unrealistic expectations of what his job was", Green added.


Baker: Ministerial role squeezed music and family time

One of the reasons Lib Dem Home Secretary Norman Baker stepped down is to concentrate on his passion for music.

The former minister is in a band called The Reform Club, for which he is "lead singer and lyricist", and even released a pop single Piccadilly Circus last year.

In his resignation letter to Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, Baker said his time as minister had "squeezed the time available for my family and outside interests, including my music".

He will still continue in his role as MP for Lewes.

Here is the video for The Reform Club's single Piccadilly Circus:

Baker 'tried to act as if he was same rank as Theresa May'

Former Tory former Damian Green has accused Norman Baker of trying to act as if he had the same ministerial rank as Home Secretary Theresa May.

The ex-Home Office minister told BBC's Radio 4 Today programme: "Norman's problem was he came in ... he gave an interview to his local paper saying 'I'm the Lib Dem home secretary'.

"He regarded himself as being on a par with the Home Secretary and asked for papers from other ministers, he wanted to check what everyone else was doing.

"The world doesn't work like that. If you are a minister of state, in the end you work for the Secretary of State in that department."

Clegg to announce Baker's replacement later today

Nick Clegg has said he will announce Norman Baker's replacement shortly after calling him an "outstanding" minister.

Labour: Theresa May 'losing control of her department'

Labour have claimed the resignation of Norman Baker shows Theresa May is "losing control" of the Home Office.

Shadow Home Office minister Diana Johnson said:

More chaos at the Home Office. Alongside the immigration shambles, the failed experiment of Police and Crime Commissioners and the failure to undertake basic checks into chairs of the child abuse inquiry, it's clear Theresa May is losing control of her Department.

– Diana Johnson
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