Richard Baker is a Scottish Labour Party list MSP for the North East Scotland region, having entered the Scottish Parliament in 2003. He stood as Labour candidate for Aberdeen North in the 2015 UK general election.
Knife Crime Statistics
In April 2011, in the run-up to the 2011 Scottish general election, Baker defended Scottish Labour's figure of £500 million per year for the cost of knife crime to the NHS in Scotland. The statistics pressure group Straight Statistics had said that it was hard to see the true figure exceeding £10 million per year. The Scottish Labour leadership later seemed to distance themselves from the £500 million figure.
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