Vera Baird welcomes visa ban

Vera Baird welcomes visa ban

Vera Baird has welcomed the news that US self-styled ‘dating coach’ Julien Blanc has been denied a visa to visit the UK.

The Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner said she was delighted Blanc, whose proposed visit had led to a petition of more than 150,000 names being sent to Home Secretary Theresa May calling on his visa to be refused, would not be coming to the UK.

Blanc, who hit the headlines because of his history of inciting violence against women, has held ‘dating seminars’ suggesting men use harassment and abuse tactics to attract

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Northumbria receiving national recognition

Special mention was made of the work being undertaken by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird by the Home Secretary Theresa May at the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ Annual Conference in Harrogate.

Mrs May was recognising the work of Commissioners from across England and Wales when she made special mention of the Northumbria Commissioner.

The Home Secretary was talking about engaging with local communities and recognised that Commissioners such as Mrs Baird had raised the profile of the role and shown that they could make a difference.

She said: “As Vera Baird, the Police and Crime

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Commissioner joins call to ban controversial US figure

Vera Baird is backing the Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper’s call to prevent a US self-styled ‘dating coach’ from coming to the UK.

Julien Blanc, who has hit the headlines because of his history of inciting violence against women, is due to come to London on November 27 and then again in March and April next year.

His ‘dating seminars’ have suggested men use harassment and abuse tactics to attract women and has been widely criticised for his sexist, racist and criminal approaches to women.

A petition launched earlier this month now has more than 150,000 signatures and is

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National Restorative Justice Week

Focus must be on victim says Commissioner

This week marks National Restorative Justice Week and here in the Northumbria Police region victims are being put at the heart of this work.

Leading this focus is the Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird who is looking at all the services provided to victims of crime to ensure no matter where a person lives in the force area they get the same positive service.

Restorative Justice is not new to the region and was first introduced in the early 2000s.

In the past two weeks the Commissioner has held a

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Deep Coal - Deep Community

‘Deep Coal Deep Community – 30 years on from the Miners’ Strike’

Memories of the Miners’ Strike of 30 years ago were brought to life with words and song at the opening of an exhibition at St Thomas the Martyr Church in Newcastle.

And the event combined with the opening of the Herman Schier Vestry by Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.

This is a newly renovated and very attractive meeting room in the church named in memory of 25-year-old Herman Schier who died during the 1882 Trimdon Grange Colliery disaster which claimed 74 lives.

He is commemorated

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Panorama's

Read the Guardian’s review about the Panorama programme which was aired last night.

Let me know what you think of the views given (including mine).

PRESS RELEASE: Commissioner Baird celebrates Living Wage Week.

 

Commissioner Baird and Derek Bellis at Forth Banks Police Station, Newcastle

Commissioner joins the celebrations for Living Wage week

Northumbria Police is joining in with the Living Wage celebrations this week after almost a year as an official Living Wage employer.

Living Wage week, which this year runs from November 2 to 8, will again celebrate Living Wage employers and the employees who benefit.

The Living Wage is different to the minimum wage and is based on the amount someone needs to earn to cover the basic cost of living.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

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Human Rights Act - My view

The Human Rights Act is badly needed – and we have ample proof.

Read my article about Human Rights in the Journal

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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PRESS RELEASE: Commissioner demands Government takes urgent action.

Commissioner demands Government takes urgent action

New Government powers to tackle anti-social behaviour must be supported with extra funding, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has said.

The Government has introduced five new powers which have come in to effect today, which the Government believe will enable the police, local authorities and others to respond quickly and effectively to anti-social behaviour (ASB) as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB), Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Northumbria Police has worked closely with partners to ensure the smooth implementation of the powers and the Commissioner’s office has consulted on the community

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