Election

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 your first preference vote. If you aren’t voting by post you can vote at the Polling Station on May 5th.

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Vote Baird – Vote Labour.

 

PAY UP” says Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC.

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 an official statistics watchdog – after he cut police funding for Northumbria despite promising not to.

The Tories also used the council tax precept by planning a budget that included an assumption local residents in Northumbria would pay £5 a year more for their policing with no consultation with local people, police & crime commissioners or council leaders.

PCC Vera Baird, said: “All of Osborne’s

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David Cameron a man of many words and little action

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 Minister has expressed the same concerns nearly a decade ago when in 2007 he said that prison reform was one of the key planks of his “central mission”.

Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC said “I’m very sceptical about what David Cameron has to say on prison reforn, he tends to re-hash his words every year and then deliver nothing. The failures that he condemns are his

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Ed Miliband’s New Year Message

“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 ready for a new beginning. Because I don’t have to tell you that all over our country today, there are people working harder and harder, but standing still: families struggling with bills that are growing faster than their wages; young people, taking on mountains of debt to get a proper education, only to find themselves with no job at the other end; and an NHS where people are

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Leading Labour’s commitment to women at the next General Election – Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner

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 the north east and United Kingdom.

In 2011 the Labour Party asked Vera Baird to lead ‘Everywoman Safe Everywhere’ Commission and come up with recommendations for the next Labour Government. An interim report was produced in 2012 with the final report being published today (Wednesday, 10 December, 2014).

The research covered many areas affecting women – from legal aid to services for victims of domestic violence.

The report asks

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Ahead of the Autumn Statement - How Labour will make a difference,

 

The mood of Britain last week was to enjoy “Black Friday” that became Black weekend as shoppers headed to stores and online to grab a bargain or two.

 

Today could become “Black Wednesday” depending on what the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, will tell the House of Commons. We already know this government has broken promise after promise, cut funding to our police service (since 2010, Northumbria’s budget has been cut by more than £80 million) and forgotten about our region.

The Tories came to power on a promise to balance the books by 2015

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Is this Government Serious about protecting victims?

Is this Government serious about protecting victims? – Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird

This week Justice Secretary Chris Grayling MP provided the House of Commons with further information about the Government’s document ‘Our Commitment to Victims’.

In a Written Ministerial Statement Mr Grayling believes the proposed laws will see victims kept informed about their case and courts will allow most to provide a personal impact statement.

Vera Baird said: “What the Justice Secretary has announced is a few add ons to the Victims’ Code – but nothing of real substance.

“A lot of what is mentioned

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Labour Women's Safety Conference

National plans making domestic and sexual violence a priority

Labour plans which would revolutionise the way sexual crimes are handled have been welcomed by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

The Commissioner, who has made domestic and sexual violence a priority in her Police and Crime Plan, was at Labour’s Women’s Safety Conference.

Delegates were discussing ways of improving justice for domestic and sex crimes, some of which have become more prevalent through the growth of the worldwide web, and improving women’s safety.

Key note speaker Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper said the insults levelled at teenage girls

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In response: Yvette Cooper's speech to the Fabian Conference (28th June 2014)

Yvette Cooper once again showed us why she will be an effective Home Secretary in 45 weeks time.

Speaking at the Fabians Society Conference she delivered a speech which was compassionate, caring and reinforced why we need a Labour Government with Ed Miliband and Yvette leading from the front for a fairer country that speaks for all.

As a party we are right to oppose the bedroom tax, it hurts too many people – it is not right that people have to make the choice of whether to feed themselves or not because they can’t afford the ever increasing

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Progress Online Article (13th June 2014) – Policing through rights and respect – not kilos of water.

Police forces across the country work hard, delivering community safety and working with residents to problem solve and cut crime

Policing can only be based on partnership. ‘The police are the public and the public are the police’ is the most quoted of the Peelian principles, set out by the founder of the Metropolitan police. Few people, police, members of the public or politician would ever dispute it – except, perhaps, London mayor, Boris Johnson.

Despite the opposition of 20 of the 25 London assembly, and without the approval of the Home Office, Johnson has decided to spend up

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