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Labour Party Candidate

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Vera Baird

Election statement:

Vera Baird QC

“I’ve worked alongside the police for the last 30 years. As a campaigning lawyer I’ve stood shoulder to shoulder with the victims of crime, fighting for real change when the law has let people down. As Solicitor General in government, I helped establish the Serious & Organised Crime Agency to lead the fight against criminal gangs. I’ve seen first hand our police officer’s dedication to the job and the challenges they face. These challenges are being made even harder by the reckless cuts being forced on them by this Conservative-led government. In Northumbria, this could mean the loss of up to 730 police officers and 180 PCSOs by 2015. During my campaign I’ve travelled across the area listening to people’s views on policing. Wherever these people live, in the town or cities or in the rural countryside, their message is clear – they want a halt to these cuts. As PCC, I will bring a renewed drive against the repeated anti-social behaviour that blights too many of our communities. People who report anti-social behaviour will get a response within 24 hours and I’ll stop the government’s cuts to PCSOs on patrol. I’ll stand up for victims, improving their experience of the policing system and take further steps to combat violence against women and girls. I will resist the government’s attempts to privatise policing. As Northumbria’s Police & Crime Commissioner I’ll protect the frontline, stand up for the victims of crime and never give up the fight against the criminals.”

To find out more about what I will do for you as Police & Crime Commissioner visit my website at www.verabaird.org.uk

This Election Address was prepared by Fiona Stanton, Election Agent (Labour North Regional Office, Labour Central, Kings Manor, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6PA)

Contact Details

Email: verabaird@gmail.com
Facebook: facebook.com/verafornorthumbria
Twitter: @VeraBaird
Web: www.verabaird.org.uk
Address: Vera Baird, Freepost Labour North, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6PA