The unacceptable situation at Yarl’s Wood calls for an independent inquiry.

 

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 pledged the next Labour government to hold an inquiry into allegations about events at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre. The allegations of sexual assault by male staff against the all-female detainees are very serious and there are strong inconsistencies between the responses of the private security firm Serco who run the facility and the Home Office

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Women & Girls Football Derby

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 the FA Women & Girls programme and Building Bridges supported by Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner in the build-up to this week’s Tyne & Wear Derby at St James’ Park.

Vera Baird has lent her support to the initiative:

“I’m a huge supporter of the work of Newcastle United Foundation and the Foundation of Light and I’m delighted their work is encouraging more

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A Labour Government will put women’s safety centre stage

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 and the end of the 16 Days of Action, Vera Baird QC, Chair of Labour’s Women’s Safety Commission and Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, will launch her latest report: ‘Placing Women’s Safety Centre Stage’.

It concludes that:

Refuges continue to close across the country and some areas now have no refuge provision at all; Local authorities are struggling to provide women who have left

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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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Vera’s View – Changes to police bail.

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 there would be an estimated 70,000 people on police bail and that 5,000 of those have been on bail for more than 6 months.

A growing number of politicians, lawyers and former ministers have demanded reform. There are no time limits, which can punish people by restricting their freedom when there is only suspicion against them, not even a charge. The police can add conditions,for instance a curfew, a

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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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PRESS RELEASE: Domestic abuse. Children can learn by example.

Northumbria Police / OPCC campaign to tackle domestic violence over the festive period.

‘Children can learn by example’ – that’s the message of Northumbria Police and Vera Baird’s campaign tackling domestic violence over the festive period.Launched on Thursday 27th November, the forcewide initiative asks those involved in a domestically abusive relationship, whether as the victim or the perpetrator, to think about the affect their behaviour is having on children living under the same roof. It’s being supported by Vera Baird, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria.

Regardless of whether the child has been physically abused, witnessing

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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.

Mrs

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Restorative Justice - Making A Difference in Northumbria

Restorative Justice really does make a difference – here is a story from the Evening Chronicle about how it made a difference to two ladies in Whitley Bay.

 

 

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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