Protecting our Emergency Services

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 should come under the control of Police & Crime Commissioners, but I do believe the government has a duty to ensure all of our emergency services are properly funded.

The article in the Chronicle shows how our region is losing out – I will continue to work with Councillors, MPs and

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North East PCCs call for debate to reduce alcohol consumption.

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 in Parliament.

Over one hundred people from decision-making bodies met with the North East’s three Police and Crime Commissioners at the Durham Centre in Belmont to hear about the consequences of excessive alcohol consumption, and to share ideas about how consumption might be reduced. As well as the Police and Crime Commissioners, speakers at the event included:

- Jon Foster, Senior Research and

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Address to Commonwealth Journalists’ Association Conference, Malta 2012

Feb 1st 2012 The Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press is the title of the Leveson Inquiry, set up to deal with the phone hacking scandal. So let us turn away from press restraint, oppressive laws, the persecution of journalists in the Commonwealth, on which you so proudly campaign, and consider the ethical issues confronting the profession in the UK, how this Inquiry came about, the issues it faces and the impact that may have on your work. In brief summary, in January 2007, the News of the World Royal reporter, Clive Goodman

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Vera's speech at the Fabians New Year Conference 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 Malhotra MP and David Coats, Research Fellow of the Smith Institute. “The first point I wish to make is that we discuss the financial crisis every day and when we do so we should always have in our minds that all economics is gendered. I am grateful to Professor Sylvia Walby who has done considerable work on this topic So, for example when there is a tax rise,

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Vera spoke at the AAFDA Annual Conference 2012

Vera spoke at the AAFDA Annual Conference in January 2012. View some local press coverage.

Seminar: Judicial Independence, Judicial Accountability and the Media

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 College London Constitution Unit. The discussion was held under Chatham House rules and a summary will be published shortly.

National Conference: Understanding the New Guidance on Domestic Homicide Reviews

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.

Feminism in London Conference

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 on violence against women in the longer run.

• It was essentially the Refuge Movement that first counted the figures and demonstrated that DV was not something that was done by a few cruel and unusual men. • That violence in the home was as to more than 90%, by men on women • That its prevalence was astonishing

Until then, domestic violence was seen not only as

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