RAL Democrat Norman Baker has resigned as Home Office minister, saying his experience of working in the Home Office alongside Home Secretary Theresa May was like “walking through mud”.
In a resignation letter sent to Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, he said that “in the Home Office, the goodwill to work collegiately, to take forward rational evidence-based policy has been in somewhat short supply.”
Quoting reports that being the only Lib Dem in the Home Office was “like being the only hippy at an Iron Maiden concert”, he said that after four-and-a-half years as a minister, his time would be “better spent out of ministerial office.”
Baker (pictured) told the Independent Tories in the Home Office “looked upon it as a Conservative department in a Conservative government ....
“There comes a point when you don’t want to carry on walking through mud and you want to release yourself from that.”