The Conservative MP for Wycombe said he’s had people “begging” him to throw his hat in the race
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Baker said: “I have to think about this very seriously.
“As a working-class Cornish child, I never thought I would be seriously on your program to talk to you about becoming Prime Minister.
“But the reality is that some people I deeply respect tell me, even beg me to do it. I have to seriously think about it. The Conservative Home poll consistently puts me in the top 10 and I respect that.”
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Who is Steve Baker?
Baker is a British politician who served as Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union from June 2017 to 9 July 2018. He has currently served as Conservative MP for Wycombe since 6 May 2010.
Born on 6 June 1971 in St Austell, Cornwall, he attended Poltair School and St Austell Sixth Form College before enrolling at the University of Southampton.
During his undergraduate studies, Baker earned a BEng in Aerospace Engineering. He later earned an MSc in Computation from St Cross College, Oxford.
In 1989 Baker joined the Royal Air Force as an engineer before becoming an engineer officer. He finally left the RAF in 1999 before working as a consulting software engineer and manager.
He is married to his wife Beth, a former RAF medical officer whom he met on his first tour.
On his websitesays Baker: “We have no children, but five wonderful godchildren plus their siblings.”
How was his political career?
In 2009 Baker was selected as the Conservative candidate for Wycombe after former Conservative MP Paul Goodman resigned. He held the seat for the Tories and was re-elected in the 2015 and 2017 general elections.
In 2012, Baker was elected to the board of the 1922 Committee. He was a member of the Transport Select Committee from 2010 to 2013 and has been a member of the Treasury Select Committee since 2014.
In 2017, Baker resigned from his position as Minister in the Department for Exiting the European Union after his boss, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis, also resigned.
Baker filed a no-confidence letter against then-Prime Minister Theresa May in 2018 over her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement proposals. He explained that, in his opinion, it had become impossible to “separate the person from politics”.
He was also one of the first MPs to call for Dominic Cummings’ resignation after it was revealed the former senior aide had traveled from London to Durham during the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions across the country.
On May 24, 2020, Barker wrote in a play for The critic: “Dominic Cummings must go before he does any more harm to Britain, the Government, the Prime Minister, our institutions or the Conservative Party.
“Time is up. It’s time for Dom to step down so Boris can rule within the conventions and norms that will see us through.”
In the wake of Johnson’s Partygate scandal, Baker told the House of Commons in April 2022 that the Prime Minister should be “long gone”.
He said: “The Prime Minister should just know that the gig is over.”
How does he feel about Brexit?
Before and during the 2016 referendum, Baker campaigned for Brexit – he has said in the past that he originally joined the Conservative Party with the express intention of getting the UK out of the EU.
In conversation with the New statesman In 2018, Baker said, “I got into politics because, to me, the absolutely fundamental question of political economy is that the voice of the ordinary, everyday person has to count for something.”
Before the Vote Leave campaign became official, Baker chaired its predecessor group, the Conservatives for Britain, and the Eurosceptic European Research Group before becoming a minister.
At a Libertarian Alliance meeting in 2010, Baker said that he believed the European Union needed to be “completely torn down,” arguing that the EU was an obstacle to “free trade and peace among all the nations of Europe.”
In a 2019 interview with Sky News, Baker also referred to himself as a “Brexit hard man”.
What is his opinion on climate change?
Baker has repeatedly expressed skepticism about human influence on climate change. He is a senior member of the Net Zero Scrutiny Group.
Earlier this year he shared a paper on his social media claiming the climate crisis is not real.
The non-peer-reviewed report, prepared by the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF), says only “soft warming” has occurred and that there has been no climate emergency.
GWPF Director Dr. Benny Peiser said: “It is extraordinary that anyone thinks there is a climate crisis.
“Our annual evaluation of climate trends documents year after year how little has changed in the last 30 years. Habitual climate alarmism is driven primarily by computer modeling by scientists rather than observational evidence.”
How is his voting behavior?
You can see how Baker and other MPs voted on the website They work for you.
According to Baker’s profile on the website, he votes the same way as his fellow Conservative MPs on the vast majority of issues.
His voting record includes:
- Vote consistently to end financial support for some 16 to 19 year olds in education and training – in 2011 two votes for and zero against
- Consistently voting against smoking bans – zero votes in favor and four against between 2010 and 2015
- Almost always votes against UK membership of the EU – one vote for, 21 votes against and two absences between 2016 and 2019
- Broad vote against allowing EU citizens already living in the UK to stay – one vote in favour, 18 against and three absences between 2016 and 2020
- Generally voting against legislation promoting equality and human rights – two votes in favour, 11 votes against and one absence between 2011 and 2019
- Consistently voting for mass surveillance of people’s communications and activities – three votes in favor and zero votes against in 2016
- Almost always voting for a stricter asylum system – 10 votes in favor, zero votes against and an absence between 2015 and 2020
- General vote against action to prevent climate change – three votes in favor, 19 votes against and two absences between 2011 and 2020
- Consistently voting for the sale of England’s state-owned forests – two votes in favor and zero against in 2011
- Consistently voting for a cut in welfare spending – 52 yes votes, zero no votes and two absences between 2012 and 2016