Vera Baird

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Vera’s Views

Northumbria’s Commissioner regularly writes columns for local and national newspapers and publications – read them here. If you would like Commissioner Baird to write an article for your publication, please ring 0191 221 9800.

Pay Up 14th March 2016

Today I have insisted that Conservative Chancellor, George Osborne must pay back over £1 million pound to Northumbria Police. As exclusively revealed in the Chronicle, Mr Osborne has been reprimanded by the official statistics watchdog – after he cut...

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House of Lords to debate lowering the drink driving limit 27th January 2016

This Friday the House of Lords will debate lowering the drink driving limit as part of the Road Traffic Act. I have urged Peers to support the Bill. Along with my colleagues, Ron Hogg, PCC for Durham and Barry...

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Vera Baird’s response to today’s statement from Theresa May 20th January 2016

Last week the Home Office issued a written statement and Summary of Consultation Responses on ‘Reforming the Powers of Police Staff and Volunteers’ Theresa May stated she is ‘committed to finishing the job of police reform’ however she needs...

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Remarkable u-turn forced on government by the police and public 27th November 2015

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, commenting on today’s Spending Review in which the Chancellor agreed to protect police funding in real terms over the next four years said: “This is a remarkable u turn. Only a few...

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Justice Select Committee Inquiry – Courts Fees and Charges 12th October 2015

Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to provide evidence to your current inquiry examining the current situation with regards to court fees and charges. It is a shame that Criminal Court Charge (CCC) was introduced just days...

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