Norman Baker – one of the most popular Lib Dem ministers among party members

LibDemVoice has been surveying party members throughout the Coalition to find out how well-rated (or otherwise) Lib Dem ministers are. All these results, together with our regular Coalition tracker series, are available online here.

Here’s how Norman Baker has performed in these surveys in the four-and-a-half years he’s been a minister, first at Transport, latterly at the Home Office. The figures below are the net satisfaction ratings (ie, those very/quite satisfied minus those very/quite dissatisfied):

ldv - norman baker ratings

Initially his ratings were quite modest. In July 2010, his rating was +24%, meaning he was reckoned to be the seventh most effective minister. However, his reputation grew in office (by no means a positive trajectory enjoyed by all his colleagues). By the time he finished his tenure at Transport, his rating was +37%.

However, it was at the Home Office that his ratings grew impressively. When we surveyed party members in September his net satisfaction rating was +53%, which saw him ranked the fifth most effective Lib Dem minister in the Coalition. I strongly suspect that would have been higher still following the publication of the Home Office’s ‘Drugs: International Comparators’ study, an attempt to place evidence at the heart of Coalition policy in the teeth of opposition from Theresa May.

Small wonder, then, that Nick Clegg stated in his reply to Norman’s resignation letter, “I very much hope that if the Liberal Democrats are in government after the next election, you will once again make yourself available for Ministerial office.”

* Stephen was Editor (and Co-Editor) of Liberal Democrat Voice from 2007 to 2015, and writes at The Collected Stephen Tall.

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5 Comments

  • Conor McGovern 5th Nov '14 - 6:32pm

    Norman for Home Affairs Spokesman after the election? 🙂

  • Back to Transport please.

    He was widely admired by the professionals in the bus industry. No mean feat.

  • Alisdair McGregor 5th Nov '14 - 7:18pm

    ” first at Transport, latterly at Transport”

    latterly at the Home Office…

  • Alisdair McGregor 5th Nov '14 - 7:20pm

    @crewegwyn

    He was also one of the few Transport Minister who really understood rail. I have always ranked him highly in the surveys as a result.

    He’s one of our MPs who really understands both detail and macro-focus. That’s invaluable.

  • In the local government by elections by elections from january till the end of october this year, the Liberal Democrats have polled 14% and won 20 seats. The Greens have polled 4% and won 4 seats.

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