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Lib Dem Home Office minister resigns

Norman Baker has resigned from the Home Office, saying that “the goodwill to work collegiately to take forward rational, evidence-based policy has been in somewhat short supply”.

In his resignation letter to the Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, Baker said that it had been demanding being the only Lib Dem in the Home Office. However, he said he was pleased to have been able to publish an evidence-based report on drugs policy “despite repeated Conservative attempts to block its release”, and to have launched a document promoting alternatives to animal experiments. 

The Liberal Democrat MP has been minister of state for crime prevention since October 2013, and before that was parliamentary under secretary of state for transport since 2010.

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