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Norman Baker MP (UK)

In 2005 Norman was described by the Daily Mail as the most hated man in Westminster due to his campaign for transparency on MP expenses. More recently Norman published The Strange Death of David Kelly and at AV3 he will discuss his remarkable investigation into the death of the Iraq weapons inspector.


Six years after Lord Hutton published his Inquiry report, the death of Dr David Kelly simply wont go quietly into obscurity. The Hutton Report on Kellys death was widely derided upon its publication it was construed a whitewash, and the conclusion that the Government weapons inspector took his own life is not supported by the facts.

With its backdrop of the UKs entry into an illegal war in Iraq, an initiative which we now know had been planned back in the autumn of 2002, there are many reasons why all is not as it seems. Norman comments: I was determined to get to the bottom of it. Along the way I have unearthed much interesting material, some directly related to my present investigations, some not. Dr Kelly was a good man, who served this country, and indeed the world, well. We owe it to him to get to the bottom of what happened on that fateful day in July 2003. The results are there for all to see, which I will outline in my lecture.


Norman Baker has been MP for Lewes since 1997. He has established a reputation as one of the most persistent Parliamentary interrogators the modern House of Commons has known. As an MP, Norman has made a habit of uncovering scandal and exposing conflicts of interest, as well as inconvenient facts.

He has won many political awards, including Inquisitor of the Year in the Zurich/Spectator Parliamentarian of the Year awards. In May 2006 he temporarily stepped down from the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet to concentrate on investigating the unanswered questions about the death of UN weapons inspector Dr David Kelly. His book that chronicles his investigation, The Strange Death of David Kelly, was published in October 2007.

Also in 2007, he was appointed as the UK President of the Tibet Society, and visited with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in northern India. Norman is currently the Lib Dem Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, which has allowed him to continue with his environmental interests via campaigning for greener public transport.



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