Vera Baird

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The Commissioner serves on a number of national bodies and on the board of national charities such as Respect and Eaves.  Find out more about this work here. All media enquiries should be made to the OPCC by telephoning 0191 221 9800

Consultation on how victims give court evidence welcomed by Vera Baird 20th January 2015

Moves by the Director of Public Prosecutions to ensure victims in court know what to expect when giving evidence, have been welcomed by Vera Baird. The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner said she was totally in favour of telling...

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Vera Baird Statement Regarding Ched Evans 8th January 2015

“OAFC has a proud tradition of family values and I am glad that this decision has not undermined that. “Ched Evans has now offered a limited apology, though not for his actions on the night in question and so...

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Open Letter to Mike Ashley Regarding Ched Evans 5th January 2015

Dear Mr Ashley, I am writing to you following media speculation that Oldham Athletic Football Club has received reassurances from its biggest sponsor Sports Direct that they will not withdraw £1m sponsorship if Oldham sign Ched Evans, despite Oldham’s...

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Commissioner Welcomes New Domestic Violence Offence 19th December 2014

Vera Baird has welcomed the Home Secretary’s announcement that there is to be a new criminal offence of domestic abuse which will carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison as well as a fine. The offence will...

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The Unacceptable Situation at Yarl’s Wood Calls for an Independent Inquiry 17th December 2014

Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, is right to have pledged the next Labour government to hold an inquiry into allegations about events at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. The allegations of sexual assault by male staff against the...

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