Nicholas Baker (politician)

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The Right Honourable
Sir Nicholas Baker
Member of Parliament
for North Dorset
In office
3 May 1979 – 25 April 1997
Preceded by David James
Succeeded by Robert Walter
Personal details
Born Nicholas Brian Baker
(1938-11-23)23 November 1938
Died 25 April 1997(1997-04-25) (aged 58)
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Carol d'Abo (1970-1997; his death)
Children 2
Alma mater Exeter College, Oxford
Occupation Politician, government minister

Sir Nicholas Brian Baker (23 November 1938 – 25 April 1997) was a British Conservative Member of Parliament and 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.[1]

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.


  1. ^ M Patrick Cosgrave (1997-04-28). "Obituary: Sir Nicholas Baker - People - News". The Independent. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
David James
Member of Parliament for Dorset North
Succeeded by
Robert Walter