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  • Tory “Summer of Discontent” – We need change NOW! Wednesday August 01st, 2018: The sun has certainly been blazing down – in the world of politics you could be forgiven for thinking this is Theresa May’s “Summer of Discontent” – she lost Boris ...
  • Why MP Chope was wrong……. Monday June 25th, 2018: As June comes to a close, we have seen the Tories losing control through the actions of Sir Christopher Chope MP – he shouted out the word “object” which stopped ...
  • OPCC signs up as a Mindful Employer Wednesday June 13th, 2018: The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria has signed up as a Mindful Employer. Commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC is now a signatory for the voluntary charter, which ...
  • North East PCCs call to reduce the breathalyser limit Tuesday June 12th, 2018: Today, the government has announced a number of measures to improve road safety – but miss out one important factor, reducing the limit. The three North East PCCs welcome ...
  • Commissioner Baird calls on Home Secretary to take lead from Scottish Government Friday June 08th, 2018: Labour MSPs have successfully ensured that the Scottish Government will hold an independent review into the actions of the police during the miners’ strike in Scotland. Dame Vera Baird QC, ...
  • Google and others – need to get it right! Wednesday May 23rd, 2018: It’s of great concern that internet providers such as Google are helping users uncover the identity of rape and sexual assault victims – who by law, have their anonymity protected ...
  • Article for North Tyneside BaNTer. Printed 26th April 2018. Thursday April 26th, 2018: After months of hard work, delivering election literature and newsletters in all sorts of weather, polling day is nearly here. Across North Tyneside we have outstanding Labour candidates in ...
  • Have your say, make your voice heard – The 2018 National Rural Crime Survey Wednesday April 18th, 2018: Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Dame Vera Baird QC is urging rural communities to take part in a national survey on rural crime. It is three years since the last National ...
  • Providing effective policing in Northumbria. Thursday February 08th, 2018: As Chronicle readers will know, I have been lobbying the government hard over their unfair funding for our police service. Since 2010 Northumbria Police have had to endure cuts imposed ...
  • Providing excellent value for money. Thursday January 25th, 2018: Just before Christmas, right up until last week I’ve been working with my team to find out the views of local residents on the amount of council tax to be ...
  • It’s been a busy year – but the work continues to put Northumbria first. Tuesday November 28th, 2017: Here we are – at the end of 2017, it’s unbelievable how quick the year has gone by! It’s certainly been a busy year with many demands. In a ...
  • Northumbria Police praised as ‘Good’ in latest inspection Thursday November 09th, 2017: A POSITIVE culture with an excellent understanding of the demand for its services and solid financial plans – those are the findings of the latest independent report into Northumbria Police. Her ...
  • Cost of meeting rising crime revealed by PCCs Wednesday November 01st, 2017: The cost of meeting the rise in crime whilst investing to stem that rise and protect the public has been revealed. Evidence gathered by PCCs and Police Chiefs shows that £440m ...
  • Neighbourhood policing – it’s my priority Wednesday October 25th, 2017: Following on from last month’s Vera’s views (www.northumbria-pcc.gov.uk), I wanted to focus further on neighbourhood policing. When I was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, I gave a ...
  • Lending support to national Anti-Slavery Day today Wednesday October 18th, 2017: The Commissioner, together with police and partners has been working together to tackle this important issue and wants to raise awareness of the scale of the problem that affects areas ...
  • POLICE & CRIME COMMISSIONER DEMANDS ACTION FROM HOME SECRETARY Friday September 22nd, 2017: Leading Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, has taken her demand for action to the very top of government. In a letter to the Home Secretary, Dame Vera has ...
  • Dame Vera Baird welcomes national report on domestic abuse Wednesday September 20th, 2017: Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC, and a patron of Operation Encompass, which champions engagement with schools when a child is known to have experienced domestic ...
  • Backing lower drink drive limit Tuesday October 18th, 2016: PCC Vera Baird QC backs lower drink drive limit Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, is once again urging the Government to lower the national drink drive limit from ...
  • Vera Baird is backing Wear Red Day Tuesday October 18th, 2016: Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, and Chief Constable Steve Ashman, will be wearing something red this Friday (21, October) to support educational charity Show Racism the Red ...
  • William Wilberforce and UK commitment to combat modern slavery. Tuesday October 11th, 2016: On Wednesday, a 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 will take place, ...
  • Emily Wilding Davison’s Birthday Tuesday October 11th, 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 ...
  • The Tories are letting domestic abuse victims down. Read more here - Friday September 02nd, 2016: The Attorney General shouldn’t preen himself in the press for his recent success in lengthening too short jail sentences for robbers and burglars (Times & Telegraph both 24.8.16) Instead he ...
  • Assessing the General Election result. Friday July 01st, 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 ...
  • Election Tuesday April 19th, 2016: Postal votes have started to drop on doors across Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, I hope you will take a few moments to complete your ballot paper and give me ...
  • PCC Vera Baird steps into the ring to praise the work of local sports group Wednesday April 06th, 2016: Special guest Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, was welcomed to Dunston Teams Amateur Boxing Club to see first-hand the excellent work being undertaken by the voluntary sporting group. Since ...
  • The Crack – North East Magazine, April 2016 Wednesday March 30th, 2016: Delighted to feature in the April edition of “The Crack” magazine, in the article I talk about my achievements as Police & Crime Commissioner, my priorities and even what my ...
  • VERA BAIRD WELCOMES SUPPORT FOR THOSE AFFECTED BY ASB IN SOUTH TYNESIDE Tuesday March 29th, 2016: A support team to help those affected by anti-social behaviour has been established in South Tyneside. South Tyneside Council in partnership with South Tyneside Homes have recruited a group of ...
  • Vera Baird speaks of commitment to stamping out Modern Day Slavery Tuesday March 22nd, 2016: Police arrest a man in connection with Modern Day Slavery in Blyth. The arrest follows an on-going investigation by the Blyth Neighbourhood Policing Team into reports of people working without payment ...
  • “PAY UP” says Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC. Tuesday March 15th, 2016: Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird has insisted that Conservative Chancellor, George Osborne must pay back over £1 million pound to Northumbria Police. Mr Osborne has been reprimanded by ...
  • Think Twice! Monday March 07th, 2016: The plea follows an increase in the number of reports received by police in Sunderland and South Tyneside about teenagers and young people posting images of themselves on social network ...
  • PCC Vera Baird – delighted Wildlife Crime Unit has been saved from closure Monday March 07th, 2016: Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has expressed delight at news that the UK’s specialist unit for wildlife law enforcement will continue, following a successful national campaign to prevent ...
  • Protecting our Emergency Services Wednesday February 17th, 2016: Northumbria Police and our Fire Services work closely together and have developed great partnership working and I am keen to see this continue. I don’t believe that the Fire Service ...
  • North East PCCs call for debate to reduce alcohol consumption. Wednesday February 17th, 2016:   A major conference in Durham today has called for changes in the licensing laws for alcohol. The key outcomes of the conference are expected to form the basis of a debate ...
  • PCC Vera Baird says In Northumbria sex abuse complainants will be believed as all other complainants are Thursday February 11th, 2016:   Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, is in complete disagreement with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe who has suggested that police should not believe sex abuse complainants, ...
  • David Cameron a man of many words and little action Monday February 08th, 2016: David Cameron has today said that prison reform has been a “scandalous failure” for years and has pledged  to make it the “great progressive cause” of politics.  Ironically, the Prime ...
  • Keeping cops on the beat. Friday February 05th, 2016: The Police and Crime Panel for Northumbria have unanimously approved the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner’s proposed increase to the police precept (the police element of the council tax) of ...
  • Vera Baird urges Home Secretary to take action. Tuesday February 02nd, 2016:   Following news that American blogger Daryush Valizadeh known as Roosh V has organised rallies in various cities across the world this weekend, including Newcastle, Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera ...
  • Christmas Message from Vera Baird QC Wednesday December 23rd, 2015: Christmas is an opportunity when most people get to spend time with their families and friends, we get to enjoy ourselves, reminisce about what has happened over the year and ...
  • Remarkable U-turn forced on government by PCCs. Friday November 27th, 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 ...
  • WINNER – Living Wage Leadership Award 2015 Monday November 02nd, 2015: Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird, has been chosen as the winner of the Living Wage Leadership Award 2015 for the North East region. The Living Wage Foundation organise these ...