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Kenneth Baker

Kenneth Wilfrid Baker, Baron Baker of Dorking, CH, PC, (born November 3, 1934), is a British politician, and former Conservative MP. Son of a civil servant, he was educated at Hampton Grammar School between 1946 and 1948 and thereafter atSt Paul's School, London and Magdalen College, Oxford. He worked for Royal Dutch Shell before being elected as a Member of Parliament at a by-election in March 1968.[1] He served as Secretary of State for the Home Department, Secretary of State for Education, and Secretary of State for the Environment. He was Chairman of the Conservative Party at the time Margaret Thatcher resigned (November 1990). He chose not to run for re-election in 1997.

Baker's most noted action in his time at the Department of Education was the introduction of the controversial "National Curriculum" through the 1988 Education Act. He also introduced in-service training days for teachers, which became popularly known as "Baker days".

In 2005 he published a book on King George IV, George IV: A Life in Caricature (Thames & Hudson).


  1. ^ MP