Kenneth Baker

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Kenneth Baker

Kenneth Baker, Baron Baker of Dorking, PC, is an British politician, and former Conservative MP. 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.

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


Preceded by:
Patrick Jenkin
Secretary of State for the Environment
1985–1986
Succeeded by:
Nicholas Ridley
Preceded by:
Sir Keith Joseph
Secretary of State for Education and Science
1986–1989
Succeeded by:
John MacGregor
Preceded by:
Tony Newton
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1989–1990
Succeeded by:
Chris Patten
Preceded by:
David Waddington
Home Secretary
1990–1992
Succeeded by:
Kenneth Clarke

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