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  • Ken Clarkes 50% sentence discounts Monday September 05th, 2011: Vera appeared on the Today programme on the 18th of June and wrote this follow up to her comments on Ken Clarke’s proposed 50% sentence discounts. Ken Clarke’s comments on rape ...
  • Feminism in London Conference Monday September 05th, 2011: Vera’s address to the seminar on: Feminism in violence against women policy The emergence of a feminist understanding, at first of the hidden crime of domestic violence, impacted hugely on policy ...
  • DNA and Rape an article for Progress Online Monday September 05th, 2011: Vera’s article written for progess online about the proposed destruction of DNA by the coalition. Also available on the Progress Online website.   Here we are again The Coalition’s proposals to destroy DNA ...
  • Covert Policing Monday September 05th, 2011: Vera’s article written for Left Foot Forward on the covert policing of Mark Kennedy. Also available on the Left Foot Forward website Failure to disclose evidence reminiscent of the dark days ...
  • Countering Lynn Featherstones equalities column Monday September 05th, 2011: In Lynne Featherstone’s column of 18th November she described herself as someone who “spends every day fighting for equality” She wasn’t last Tuesday when Fiona MacTaggart MP asked, in the Commons ...
  • Bill of Rights – Solicitors Journal Monday September 05th, 2011: Vera’s comment piece for the Solicitors Journal on the Human Right’s Commission. Also available to subscribers on the Solicitors Journal website. Prepare for Battle The Coalition Government’s  ” Independent Commission to investigate ...
  • Abortion: Leaving well enough alone Sunday September 04th, 2011: What possible point could there be to Nadine Dorries legislative amendment excluding abortion clinics from ever giving advice to pregnant women if it isn’t to limit abortions? In what many commentators ...
  • No blanket sentencing: Comment is free 18th August Sunday September 04th, 2011: Also available on the Guardian website. National revulsion and popular demand for punishment are dangerous things. They licensed the rule-bending that miscarried justice in the 80s, for the Birmingham Six and ...
  • Huffington Post Friday August 19th, 2011: What the House of Commons should discuss on the Riots: Article for Huffington Post website. Available here
  • Men who Rape in their sleep: Sexomnia or another excuse Monday August 15th, 2011: Historically, rape defences have sought to move the responsibility from men and to blame women, for instance for wearing the wrong clothes, having the wrong amount to drink or for ...
  • Short speech at the Labour Women’s Summit – Labour Party Conference Friday August 12th, 2011: We have got to take our share of the responsibility for saying again and again that we have a deficit because of the international banking crisis which lead to a ...
  • The Rights of the Child – UNICEF London Friday August 12th, 2011: “There are two ways of making the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child enforceable in UK courts. The first way is to incorporate the Convention as a ...
  • “Homicide, Partial Defences and Gender Equality” – University of Hertfordshire Friday August 12th, 2011: Homicide is the most serious crime in the criminal calendar. It ranges from contract killing where there is a plain intention to execute, through manslaughter causing death by  gross negligence  or ...
  • Speech to Freshfield’s Africa Gender Justice week Friday August 12th, 2011: As Solicitor General in the Labour Government, I was able to input into the criminal justice system through my joint role with the Attorney General in having overview and superintendence ...
  • Universal Jurisdiction -  The Individual Freedom to Commence a Private Prosecution should be retained Friday August 12th, 2011: David Cameron’s condemnation of the Israeli naval attack on the flotilla and his assertion that Gaza is “a prison camp” ought to make him think again about William Hague’s  decision ...
  • Letter to the Editor of The Times Friday August 12th, 2011: Yesterday’s decision by Theresa May to cut the Police Inspectorate’s inquiry into the Worboys and Reid rape cases means that lessons from these two shamefully badly investigated cases will never ...
  • Who will police the Police? Friday August 12th, 2011: This week, on the very day that the Equalities and Human Rights Commission reported that black people are 15% of police stop and search victims whilst numbering only 3% of ...
  • Unanswered Questions in the Rape Retraction Saga Friday August 12th, 2011: The criminal justice professionals who contributed to the saga of “Sarah”, as the Guardian named her in Saturday’s interview, the Powys women imprisoned for retracting her rape complaint against her ...
  • Save the citizens’ right! Friday August 12th, 2011: The Tory-led government, under pressure from Israel, intends to end the citizen right to initiate a prosecution for war crime. Clause 151 of the Police and Social Responsibility Bill will ...
  • Hello Tuesday August 09th, 2011: Hello, Welcome to my new website. This is the new blog. I will be making frequent  updates and keeping you informed of some of  my activities. The new site also contains an archive ...
  • The Equality Act is one year old today Sunday October 17th, 2010: The Equality Act is one year old today, having been taken through the House of Commons by Vera shortly before the last General Election. Read Karon Monaghan’s piece on it from ...
  • The anti-human rights obsession of Theresa and the Tories Sunday October 17th, 2010: That our blessed Home Secretary can be applauded for proclaiming that human rights won’t let us deport a pet owner shows the Tories’ amazing gullibility to myths about foreigners. Xenophobia ...
  • Maiden speech as an MP – July 2001 Monday July 09th, 2001: Below is a copy of Vera Baird’s maiden speech made in the Houses of Parliament on 9th July 2001. In it you she talks about thoughts on her predecessor Mo ...