Baker, Steve

Steve Baker was first elected as the Conservative MP for Wycombe in 2010. being reelected in 2019 with a majority of 4,214.

The constituency of Wycombe is found in the south western corner of Buckinghamshire along the M40 motorway and is concentrated on the town of High Wycombe itself alongside some affluent rural villages.   Wycombe contains a large Asian population and this seat is more ethnically diverse than the other Buckinghamshire seats.  Although this has been a Conservative seat since 1950, it has become increasingly more marginal in recent years, and has now become a key target for the Labour Party.

Steve Baker served briefly as Under Secretary of State for Existing the European Union between 2017 and 2018.  He resigned and later became the Chairman of the European Research Group of Conservative MPs.

Baker is well known for his ability at running campaigns from the back benches.  He was a key player in the Brexit battles trying to frustrate Theresa May’s Brexit proposals, and in 2020/21 was also critical of the government’s coronavirus lockdown.

On the right of the Conservative Party he strongly supported Brexit in the 2016 EU referendum.

An evangelical Christian, he voted against Same Sex Marriage.  On  the free market wing of the Conservative Party, he was involved in the creation of the Cobden Centre think tank.

He backed Boris Johnson in the 2019 Conservative leadership election, and submitted a Letter of No Confidence in Theresa May in 2018.

Born in 1971, Baker served in the Royal Air Force as an engineer. After reading Aerospace Systems Engineering at Southampton University, he served three tours of duty, working with Tornado and Jaguar fast jets.

He later undertook a MSc in computer engineering at Oxford and later joined a software firm.

He variously lists his hobbies as motorcycling, scuba diving, piloting a light aircraft and golf. He is a member of the Air League Council.

Steve Baker is Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Mutuals, and on British Muslims.

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