ARTICLES

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • ‘Surrender your Knife’ Friday October 23rd, 2015: Three regional Forces are joining together to raise awareness of the dangers of knife-related crime and ensure we all stay safe. Northumbria, Cleveland, and Durham Police are working with the ‘Surrender ...
  • Challenges Facing Policing. Wednesday September 23rd, 2015: When the House of Commons returns, one of the first jobs MPs will have to do is to respond to George Osborne’s proposed cuts of up to 40% to government ...
  • Trade Union Bill. Friday September 18th, 2015: Trade Union Bill 18th September 2015 A few days ago, Parliament debated the Trade Union Bill. I expressed my grave reservations that the Bill gives the regulator (the certification officer) powers to ...
  • Commissioner Baird speaks out on helping victims of domestic abuse Tuesday September 08th, 2015: Domestic abuse is not usually a one-off violent attack. More often it is a deliberate long-term use of coercion to control every part of someone’s life, It can be sexual ...
  • Male Victims of Domestic Violence Supported by Commissioner Funding Friday August 21st, 2015: More male victims of domestic abuse will receive help and support following funding from Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird. Commissioner Baird has awarded £2,000 to Community Counselling Cooperative from ...
  • Commissioner Welcomes Firearms Licensing Fee Increase Wednesday March 25th, 2015: Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has welcomed the announced increase in firearms licensing fees. The Home Office announced the increases on Thursday which are said to create a fairer ...
  • HMIC Report Stop and Search Powers 2: Are the police using them fairly and effectively? Wednesday March 25th, 2015: Vera Baird, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria has welcomed a new report into the use of police Stop and Search powers. In December 2014, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary ...
  • COMMISSIONER WELCOMES HMIC REPORT – VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND ADULTS NEED CARE, NOT CUSTODY. Wednesday March 11th, 2015: Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has welcomed an HMIC report which finds that children need care, not custody. In January 2014, the Home Secretary commissioned HMIC to conduct a ...
  • Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner welcomes findings of Commons Education Committee Wednesday February 18th, 2015: The Commons Education Committee inquiry has reported that all schools in England should have to teach sex and relationships education (SRE) – this is an issue that Vera Baird has ...
  • Vera Baird addressing national conference on the Investigation and Prosecution of Rape Thursday January 29th, 2015: Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, will be addressing a national conference in London on Wednesday 28th January, which will be focusing on the Investigation and Prosecution of ...
  • Commissioner Asks Public Advice on the 2015/16 Police Precept Tuesday January 20th, 2015: Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner is asking for the views of local residents on the amount of money households are asked to pay for its policing service. “As your Commissioner I ...
  • Northumbria Police – Top 100 employer for LGBT people. Tuesday January 20th, 2015: Northumbria Police has been recognised as one of the top 100 employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain. The news, which was welcomed by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner ...
  • RSPB PRESS RELEASE – Police Commissioner fund helps protect Northumberland wildlife sanctuary Tuesday January 06th, 2015: PRESS RELEASE – Police Commissioner fund helps protect Northumberland wildlife sanctuary A community fund, set up by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird QC, has awarded the RSPB a grant ...
  • Open Letter to Mike Ashley re Ched Evans. Tuesday January 06th, 2015: Open letter from: Vera Baird QC, Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria To: Mr Mike Ashley, Sports Direct Mr Mike Ashley Newcastle United Football Club St James Park Newcastle upon Tyne     5th January 2015.   Dear Mr ...
  • Ed Miliband’s New Year Message Wednesday December 31st, 2014: “I want to wish you a very Happy New Year, from my family to yours. This is the season for new beginnings and hopes for the future. And Britain is ...
  • The unacceptable situation at Yarl’s Wood calls for an independent inquiry. Wednesday December 17th, 2014:   It is right that Labour has committed to hold an inquiry.                 Photo: Getty:  A security guard at the gates of Yarl’s Wood. Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, is right to have ...
  • Women & Girls Football Derby Monday December 15th, 2014: Girls from John Spence Community High School in North Shields represented Newcastle United Foundation against Biddick College in Sunderland in a 7v7 football match.  The game was organised as part of ...
  • A Labour Government will put women’s safety centre stage Wednesday December 10th, 2014: The Labour Women’s Safety Commission launch a new report today, as well as announcing a series of regional summits on girls’ and young women’s safety  To mark International Human Rights Day ...
  • Leading Labour’s commitment to women at the next General Election – Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner Wednesday December 10th, 2014: Vera Baird QC, Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, will today release the findings of a report which will influence the next Labour Government’s agenda on delivering for women across ...
  • Vera’s View – Changes to police bail. Wednesday December 03rd, 2014: The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 gave police the power to bail someone who has been arrested while they investigate an allegation.Its authors could never have imagined that today ...