Norman Baker is selling his juke box and records after quitting politics to be a rock star
Lib Dem ex-MP, Norman Baker, was part of the top table during the Coalition government between his party and David Cameron’s Conservatives.
Since losing his seat in Lewes, East Sussex, at the last election Mr Baker has reinvigorated his band, The Reform Club – of which he is the lead singer – and he has decided to sell the jukebox he had in his constituency office.
The Rock-Ola 1968 jukebox is on sale for £1,950.
Mr Baker, 58, is well-known for his love of old rock 'n' roll and last year played a series of gigs with his own band.
The Reform Club, which is influenced by the likes of the Kinks and Blur, are set to play Seaford, Brighton and Lewes.
He said: “Would I rather be singing on stage than looking at a statutory instrument? No contest.”
Would I rather be singing on stage than looking at a statutory instrument? No contest
Norman Baker, The Reform Club
The Reform Club’s second album, “Never yesterday” was released last year and former constituents praise his singing abilities.
Mr Baker also presents two radio shows on the local community radio station Seahaven FM, The Hidden 60s on a Monday evening and Anything Goes on a Sunday morning.
The former MP is also well known in parliament for his conspiracy theories including UFOs and the death of weapons expert David Kelly.
The juke box, which is on sale for £1,960, stood in his Lewes constituency office
Speaking about juggling his time in office with his music, he said: “I was still performing live when I became an MP, but people said: 'Why are you doing this, are you after the youth vote?' I said: 'No I'm just doing it because I like it.'”
One Lewes resident said: “Norman was known for his love of old rock n'roll so it's sad he is parting with his jukebox.
The former Home Office minister sings in the The Reform Club who are set to play in Seaford, Brighto
“Although he was never much of an orator in Parliament he's got a pretty good voice on him.”
Mr Baker, who held ministerial posts in both the Home Office and Department for Transport has been keeping busy since leaving frontline politics and was last week appointed boss of The Big Lemon – a sustainable bus operator in Brighton.