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Tory MP won't quit and confirms he'll run again in 2015
WYCOMBE'S MP has laughed off suggestions he is about to quit politics after Labour pounced on comments he made at the Conservative party conference.
Steve Baker said his words at a fringe event had been used out of context and claimed his political rivals were being 'silly' to highlight it.
Labour said the quotes, from a national newspaper report, had led to rife speculation he may resign.
But in fact Mr Baker has just been re-selected as the Tory candidate for the 2015 general election and told the Free Press he is looking forward to running again.
Mr Baker was quoted telling a fringe meeting that he “never wanted to be an MP” and he “would be much happier in a room on his own dealing with computer codes.”
He was reported to have said he was not “really a political person”.
He said: “It's laughable this one and Labour are having some sport with it and I can't blame them.
"What's happened here is that I made a lengthy contribution to a fringe event at the party conference where we talked about a wide range of issues including accountability and the need the politicians to be honest and responsible.
"In the course of it I made a remark like 'I never wanted to be an MP'. The point was I didn't until I got so fed up with politicians that I thought 'damn it, I'll do it myself'.
"Unfortunately during the course of about an hour and a half roundtable discussion this journalist chose to use this remark which she could mock.
“What's annoying is it was an open, sincere, and honest contribution to the fringe event at conference and the journalist who was there didn't bother covering the substance, they covered the one thing to make me look silly.
"That is the standard of politics today and political journalism in some quarters and you just have to put up with it I'm afraid.”
He accused Labour of being 'childish' and 'silly' and not serving the public in the best way if this was their focus.
Councillor Ian Bates, Leader of Wycombe’s Labour Group on Wycombe District Council said: “No wonder the Tories are out of touch.
"There’s Cameron chillaxing with computer games and Steve Baker sitting in a room in the dark playing with his computer codes.
“If Steve Baker prefers a computer to people, we wish him happiness when he decides to return to engineering and give up the politics.”
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