Home Office minister Norman Baker quits

By Mike Berry

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Norman Baker has resigned as Home Office minister
Norman Baker has resigned as Home Office minister
The Home Office minister overseeing a range of policies affecting the licensed trade has resigned.

Lib-Dem minister Norman Baker quit his position as crime prevention minister last night, citing difficulties working under the Conservative home secretary Theresa May.

One of his first acts during his time in post, was to cancel the proposed abolition of personal licences after a backlash from the trade.

Baker also initially ignored calls for licensing flexibility during this summer's World Cup, only to be overruled by the Prime Minister, which resulted in a climbdown and pubs being granted permission to open later for England matches.

Baker was appointed in October 2013 as part of a Government reshuffle and replaced fellow Lib-Dem minister Jeremy Browne. His replacement is expected to be announced imminently.

Industry bodies will be hoping for a constructive relationship with the new minister on issues such as tackling alcohol-related harm and anti-social behaviour, as well as measures impacting the late-night economy.

UPDATE 04 Nov: Lynne Featherstone is to replace Norman Baker as Home Office minister

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