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  • The Infidelity defence to murder Monday January 23rd, 2012: Read Vera’s article intended for the Guardian ‘Comment is Free’ section. (they published an early draft instead of the final version that appears here): Parliament made clear three years ago that ...
  • Amnesty photo action – Khun Dee De released Monday January 16th, 2012: Vera has been calling for the release of Burmese political prisoner Khun Dee De for two years, during an Amnesty International campaign in which each campaigner focussed on an individual ...
  • Tory ‘sisterhood’? What a joke Sunday January 15th, 2012: Vera and Kate Green MP replied to an article in last week’s Observer alleging that some women Tory MPs might be concerned about the Coalition’s impact on women. Here is the ...
  • Vera’s speech at the Fabians New Year Conference 2012 Sunday January 15th, 2012: Vera was delighted to speak at Fabians New Year Conference 14th January 2012 In the morning breakout group: Women The Crisis and Politics Vera shared a platform with Polly Toynbee, Seema ...
  • The AAFDA Annual Conference 2012 Tuesday January 10th, 2012: Vera spoke at the AAFDA Annual Conference in January 2012. View some local press coverage.
  • Women turned away from refuge shelters told to sleep in Occupy camps Tuesday January 10th, 2012: The Labour Commission on Women’s Safety began gathering evidence just before Christmas. My colleagues, MPs Kate Green, Stella Creasy and I, met in London with twelve leading national women’s organisations ...
  • The coalition does not understand women’s safety Monday December 19th, 2011: From changing the definition of domestic abuse to turning off street lights, recent policies are contradictory and harmful… Read Vera’s piece in the Guardian’s Comment is Free section
  • The Labour Women’s Safety Commission Monday December 19th, 2011: Making women safe is something on which the Labour Government spent time and resources. Now, the well-known concern that the Coalition Government is hurting women disproportionately in the purse compared ...
  • Vera to Chair new Labour Commission Monday December 19th, 2011: At the invitation of Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, Vera is Chair of the Labour Commission on Women’s Safety. It will investigate whether Coalition cuts and policy changes are starting to ...
  • Legal aid bill threat to abused women Thursday November 03rd, 2011: Read Vera’s letter to the Guardian
  • Family Law legal aid cuts will add to court costs and license more domestic violence Sunday October 30th, 2011: Vera tells the Huffington Post why Family Law legal aid cuts will add to court costs and license more domestic violence. Read the article in the Huffington Post.
  • Justice for Jane Clough Monday October 24th, 2011: Vera is pleased to have written a new clause into the Legal Aid Bill for the ‘Justice for Jane Clough’ Campaign and got the Shadow Justice Minister to propose it ...
  • Astraea: Gender Justice – Questionnaire for Solicitors, Victim Support and Rape Crisis Monday October 17th, 2011: Research Project: Responses to Rape Questionnaire for Solicitors Astraea: Gender Justice (Research) is undertaking a small research project on the responses of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority to applications made by survivors ...
  • The Centre for Criminal Appeals Friday September 30th, 2011: Vera is pleased to have been elected Chair of the Board of Directors and a Trustee of the Centre for Criminal Appeals. CCA is in process of being registered as ...
  • Seminar: Judicial Independence, Judicial Accountability and the Media Friday September 23rd, 2011: September 21st 2011 “Judicial Independence, Judicial Accountability and the Media” was the title of a seminar Vera was pleased to deliver with Lord Collins and the journalist Joshua Rosenberg,  for the University ...
  • Decimating women’s rights Friday September 23rd, 2011: If the Coalition wants to win back women voters, they must ditch the disastrous domestic violence provisions in their Legal Aid Bill…
  • National Conference: Understanding the New Guidance on Domestic Homicide Reviews Wednesday September 21st, 2011: Vera spoke at a National Conference in Nottingham on “Understanding the New Guidance on Domestic Homicide Reviews”. Here are the slides: Domestic Homicide Reviews-21st Sept. 2011.
  • Opening the Courts to TV might open up Justice Thursday September 08th, 2011: http://www.leftfootforward.org/2011/09/vera-baird-qc-cameras-in-court/
  • WOMEN IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM: PRACTITIONERS,PERPETRATORS,PREY AND PRISONERS Monday September 05th, 2011: Annual Lecture to Northern Ireland Medico-Legal Society Belfast  March 18th 2011 Intriguing Title expressed with the Artful Aid of Apt Alliteration At the risk of sounding vulgar I think we have one P ...
  • Breaking Up Breaking Through Monday September 05th, 2011: Breaking Up: Breaking Through Commonwealth Women in Science and the Professions Panel Contribution by Vera Baird QC, former Solicitor General of England and Wales and Co-Director of Astraea:Gender Justice (Research and Training) In ...
  • Salford Case Monday September 05th, 2011: Vera’s briefing on the controversial bail case of Police vs Hookway Salford case of Hookway and Police (Detention and Bail) Bill 2011 Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 1.What happened in Hookway case? He ...
  • 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 ...