Former transport minister Norman Baker chairs Bus Users
Former transport minister Norman Baker is the new Chair of Bus Users, replacing interim chair Tracy Jessop who stepped in following the departure of Gillian Merron.
“I am delighted to be joining Bus Users UK,” says Baker. “I know from my time as a transport minister just what a valuable role they play on behalf of bus passengers. Bus travel is a crucial and often neglected form of public transport. I am a strong supporter both of the bus and the bus passenger, and will be bringing that to my role for Bus Users.”
Claire Walters, Chief Executive says: “Norman Baker has been a committed campaigner on transport issues and brings with him a wealth of expertise and a deeply-held passion for transport. We very much look forward to working with him and ensuring that policy and decision makers give greater priority to the bus and that the voice of bus passengers is heard.”
Baker was elected Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes in 1997 becoming shadow DEFRA secretary then shadow transport secretary. In 2010’s coalition government he was appointed parliamentary under-secretary, department for transport and from 2013 until 2014 he was minister of state, Home Office.