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 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 a National Conference in Nottingham on “Understanding the New Guidance on Domestic Homicide Reviews”.
Here are the slides: Domestic Homicide Reviews-21st Sept. 2011.
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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We have got to take our share of the responsibility for saying again and again that we have a deficit because of the international banking crisis which lead to a recession and not because Labour is economically incompetent. On the contrary the Labour Government showed the world the way out of recession. Even Cameron says that the economy is now “Out of the danger zone” If he is right, that can have nothing to do with the activities of the Coalition Government. It is clear that economic measures take time to before they make a difference. It is because
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“There are two ways of making the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child enforceable in UK courts. The first way is to incorporate the Convention as a whole into our law and the second way is to implement what the Convention does in piecemeal legislation, eventually trying to cover all the areas it covers. Lady Joan Walmsley’s Children’s Rights Bill, introduced into the House of Lords in November 2009 would have incorporated the Children’s Rights Convention directly into our law, in the same way that our Human Rights Act incorporated the European Convention on Human Rights.
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Homicide is the most serious crime in the criminal calendar. It ranges from contract killing where there is a plain intention to execute, through manslaughter causing death by gross negligence or dangerous driving, the killing of an infant by the mother within 6 months of birth, without mentioning genocide, suicide pacts and mercy killing The top of this pinnacle of death-causing crimes is Murder – the most serious crime of this most serious crime of homicide. Though it is now boiled down to being – Killing either intending to kill or to cause really serious bodily harm – it
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As Solicitor General in the Labour Government, I was able to input into the criminal justice system through my joint role with the Attorney General in having overview and superintendence of the Crown Prosecution Service. The focus of what I will say is on sexual violence since you have had some presentations on domestic violence. We worked hard to increase reporting of sexual violence to the authorities and to improve conviction rates; to ensure that victims are supported, that the criminal justice responds well and through signalling from our criminal justice work as well as engaging other government departments
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Below is a copy of Vera Baird’s maiden speech made in the Houses of Parliament on 9th July 2001. In it you she talks about thoughts on her predecessor Mo Mowlam and Redcar itself. Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker, for calling me to make my maiden speech to the House.
We are debating a topic of considerable public interest. I say that in particular because the first parliamentary correspondence that I opened when I arrived here four weeks ago was a letter from the Redcar branch of Campaign Against Arms Trade bemoaning the failure to pass such a Bill
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