Nicholas Baker (politician)
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|The Right Honourable
Sir Nicholas Baker
|Member of Parliament
for North Dorset
3 May 1979 – 25 April 1997
|Preceded by||David James|
|Succeeded by||Robert Walter|
|Born||Nicholas Brian Baker
23 November 1938
|Died||25 April 1997(aged 58)|
|Spouse(s)||Carol d'Abo (1970-1997; his death)|
|Alma mater||Exeter College, Oxford|
|Occupation||Politician, government minister|
He was educated at Clifton College and Oxford University. After unsuccessfully contesting the safe Labour seat of Peckham in February and October 1974, he represented the parliamentary constituency of North Dorset from 1979 until his death in 1997. He was married to Carol d'Abo, sister of musician & broadcaster Mike d'Abo, and they adopted a son Matthew and a daughter Annabel.
He was also a Home Office junior minister under Michael Howard. In this role he was involved in blocking Mohamed Al-Fayed's long-running attempts to attain British citizenship, and in the widely publicised reprieve of a dog called Dempsey which had been threatened with death under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
Health problems caused Baker to resign his ministerial post, and he announced that he would not re-stand for his parliamentary seat at the 1997 general election. He died shortly before the election, having been knighted during the final weeks of his life.
- M Patrick Cosgrave (1997-04-28). "Obituary: Sir Nicholas Baker - People - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Nicholas Baker
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Dorset North
1979 – 1997
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