Vera Baird

Vera Baird

Biography

Vera Baird QC is the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria, British Labour Party activist, barrister, author and visiting lecturer as well as the Solicitor General in the Labour Government, 2007-10. As a Criminal Defence Barrister, she successfully defended the four women charged with Criminal Damage to a Hawk aircraft destined for bombing East Timor; has worked on cases about many protest movements including Greenham Common, Menwith Hill, the Miners’ Strike; and represented Emma Humphreys in her ground-breaking case about the implications of the law of provocation for battered women who kill their violent partners. She was the first woman Chair of the Society of Labour Lawyers and was Chair of the Fawcett Commission on Women and the Criminal Justice system from 2002.

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