Vera Baird DBE KC

Writer, Lecturer, Parliamentary Consultant and Co-Director of Astraea: Gender Justice

Vera Baird urges Home Secretary to take action.


Following news that American blogger Daryush Valizadeh known as Roosh V has organised rallies in various cities across the world this weekend, including Newcastle, Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner, Vera Baird QC, has written to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, urging her to ban Roosh V from entering the United Kingdom.

Valizadeh is urging people who share his extreme anti-female views, which include that rape on private property should be legal and that women should not be able to vote, to meet in Newcastle on Saturday.

Vera Baird said “Valizadeh views are abhorrent and not something that we want in Newcastle.  He has produced videos described as ‘ thinly veiled guides to rape’ by those who have seen them. He needs to receive a loud and clear message that he is not speaking for Newcastle and that the police will arrest and prosecute any actions or words amounting to incitement or encouragement to sexual assault or which might be hate crime”

Mrs Baird added “The Home Secretary can ban people from entering the United Kingdom, a number of people who have fostered hatred have been banned from our country.  The UK Border Agency can turn someone away if they feel a persons “character, conduct or associations” would not be “conducive to the public good”, Valizadeh clearly fits this criteria – so if he is thinking of coming to the United Kingdom this weekend, the Home Secretary and UK Border Agency have grounds to refuse him entry”.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “We want to reassure residents in Newcastle after media coverage has appeared in recent days in relation to the ‘Return of the Kings event’ that is proposed to take place in the city on Saturday night. Our view, along with every other reasonable person, is that everything this group stands for is abhorrent and there is no place for it in our city.

“We will have extra officers on patrol in the area around Greys Monument on Saturday evening to reassure members of the public and monitor what, if any, activity takes place. We will deal with any incidents swiftly and will not tolerate any acts that incite or encourage individuals to commit criminal offences. Newcastle is a safe, diverse and welcoming city and we will not allow the actions of a very small minority to jeopardise this.”



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