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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Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner welcomes White Ribbon Day (25th November 2014)

Vera Baird QC, Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner welcomes 2014 White Ribbon Day and calls on men across the North East to take a stand against domestic violence as part of International White Ribbon Day.

White Ribbon Day is inspired by the White Ribbon Pledge lead by men who campaign to stop domestic violence against women. They believe that men need to take a share of the responsibility of putting an end to domestic violence against women.

Vera Baird hopes men across the region will support White Ribbon Day by wearing their ribbon.

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Stormont decision welcomed by Northumbria Commissioner

Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has welcomed the decision of Stormont assembly members to start the legislative process to ban paying for sex.

In the UK, selling or buying sex is not currently illegal.

However, it is illegal to buy sex from someone who is controlled for another person’s gain; other illegal activities including loitering and soliciting for prostitution; kerb crawling; keeping a brothel and placing an advert for prostitution within the vicinity of a public telephone box.

Northern Ireland has now started the process that paying for sex becomes illegal.

Discussions went on until late

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“Loose Women” TV Programme debate – Judy Finnigan

The comments of broadcaster Judy Finnigan in her debut on the TV programme ‘Loose Women’ in relation to a high profile rape case involving a footballer have been criticised by Vera Baird.

The former Richard and Judy star was commenting on the case of footballer Ched Evans who was jailed for five years in 2012 for raping a 19-year-old woman.

The player is preparing to be released from prison and the broadcaster was discussing if he should be allowed to rejoin his club.

Ms Finnigan said he had served his time, the rape was not violent and his victim

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The Guardian – 26th September 2014. “Police Commissioners seek inquiry…”

North East Police & Crime Commissioners say Judge Moorhouse’s lax sentence told women that “male judges will not protect them”

Read more by clicking here www.theguardian.com/society/2014/sep/26/police-commissioners-inquiry-judge-leniency-domestic-abuse

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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