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.

Home Office Modern Slavery campaign supported by Vera Baird 11th August 2014

A new Home Office Modern Slavery marketing campaign which is running until the end of October has won the backing of Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird. The campaign warns that slavery is not confined to the past...

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Letter to ACPO regarding Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategy 21st February 2014

Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Central Office 1st Floor, 10 Victoria Street London SW1H 0NN 21 February 2013 Dear Chief Constable Hitchcock ACPO Equality Diversity and Human Rights Strategy I am very pleased that you have provided me...

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Rape Anonymity 8th January 2014

Here we go again with unbalanced and dangerous advocacy of anonymity for rape defendants by a legal hierarchy stuck with outmoded myths and defendant-focussed to the exclusion of rape complainants. Anonymity for defendants in rape cases is an idea...

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Commissioners Journal Article – Victims Code 16th October 2013

Last week the Government’s new Victims Code was published and I was pleased to see that some of the suggestions we made to their consultation have been included. Victims of crime should now get better support in at least...

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Commisioner’s article from The Guardian – The sexual behaviour of undercover police fits the definition of rape 28th June 2013

One of the 11 women who are currently suing the police after being tricked into having sexual relationships with men later revealed to be undercover officers said that she felt that she had been “raped by the state”. “We...

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