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.

Welcoming new guidelines for questioning vulnerable witnesses in court 22nd November 2016

Vulnerable witnesses, including children and people with learning difficulties, should not be subject to unnecessarily harsh questioning in court, say new guidelines developed by the legal profession and I completely agree with this stance and have said so for many years....

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Tougher stance on mobile phones 15th November 2016

In November, I welcomed a week long crackdown on motorists who use their mobile phones whilst driving, this follows the government announcement in November that they plan to double fines and points for using a mobile while driving. The RAC survey...

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Emily Wilding Davison’s Birthday 11th October 2016

Emily Wilding Davison was born on 11th Oct 1872, she was one of the most famous suffragettes – she defied the odds many times, she stood up for what she believed in, even when women could not gain a...

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Reply to Invitation from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner 10th October 2016

Dear Commissioner, I am sorry that I cannot be at the wreath laying service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the work of William Wilberforce and to mark the United Kingdom’s commitment to combat modern slavery, this is due to...

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Better Deal for Policing Following Election 31st July 2016

Congratulations to all our MPs who were elected to Parliament last month, I look forward to working with them all to promote Northumbria Police and to lobby further for an open, transparent funding package for Northumbria Police.   A...

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