Baird slams 'bungling incompetence' over new police jobs

The Northern Echo: Vera Baird Vera Baird

FORMER Labour MP Vera Baird accused the Government of “bungling incompetence” over the introduction of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in her first speech after being elected to the Northumbria force post.

The former Solicitor General and Redcar MP, who lost her Parliamentary seat at the last General Election, won 56 per cent of the vote on a turnout of 16.8 per cent.

Speaking after her victory was announced at Sunderland Tennis Centre, she said: “What government could devise a new post intended to promote democratic links between the public and the police and not tell the public properly about it?

“What Government could decide to hold an election for a brand new post unlike anything else we have ever had before in the depths of winter?

“The low turnout is not the fault of the candidates. It’s down to the bungling incompetence of this Tory Government, aided by their Liberal Democrat henchmen, and their determination to play politics with policing.

“This low vote is not apathy – it’s antipathy from the public at being treated by this Government like this.”

Ms Baird said the Government had failed to get elected mayors in many cities so introduced PCCs without referenda in an attempt to smuggle Tories pretending not to be Tories into the north where, she claimed, they would never get elected in any other way.

Ms Baird won in all six areas of Northumbria with Conservative Phil Butler, a former policeman, only coming close in Northumberland.

Mr Butler won 25.6 per cent of the vote overall. He thanked staff for manning the 820 polling stations, joking some had passed the time by writing Christmas cards.

UKIP’s Alistair Baxter took third place with 10.6 per cent, beating Liberal Democrat Peter Andras into fourth on 7.8 per cent.

Northumbria Police Chief Constable Sue Sim welcomed Ms Baird to the post.

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7:33pm Fri 16 Nov 12

frankyboy says...

Well this vindicates all those who didn't bother to vote, because they knew it would just be another party political job. The very day she is elected, Labour's Vera Baird plays politics.
Well this vindicates all those who didn't bother to vote, because they knew it would just be another party political job. The very day she is elected, Labour's Vera Baird plays politics. frankyboy

7:57pm Fri 16 Nov 12

Neil Robinson says...

This woman like her friend Harriet Harman is nothing more than a feminist loony, just see how long it takes before she introduces her man hating ideology into this role, she once allowed her dog to foul on a platform at kings Cross Station and and when asked by a member of the public to clean up after the dog she refused and gave the woman a mouthful of abuse Baird also came out with the usual rubbish Don't you know who I am.
This woman like her friend Harriet Harman is nothing more than a feminist loony, just see how long it takes before she introduces her man hating ideology into this role, she once allowed her dog to foul on a platform at kings Cross Station and and when asked by a member of the public to clean up after the dog she refused and gave the woman a mouthful of abuse Baird also came out with the usual rubbish Don't you know who I am. Neil Robinson

1:52pm Sat 17 Nov 12

pwwatson8888 says...

This is the face of British left wing politics and one reason I emigrated. What a ****.
This is the face of British left wing politics and one reason I emigrated. What a ****. pwwatson8888

7:28pm Sat 17 Nov 12

moltke says...

My sincere sympathy goes out to the Chief Contstable of Northumbria.
My sincere sympathy goes out to the Chief Contstable of Northumbria. moltke

5:45pm Sun 18 Nov 12

st-george1 says...

Sorry Northumberland, like me you will probably sense the snobbish POLITICAL-HATRED in her comments …former Blair-Babe, Solicitor General and MP, Ms Baird, a Labour MP who was booted out of Redcar for failing the Steelmakers, for fiddling expenses and ignorer of dog poo in a public place and here she is flying her red-flag, criticising the Coalition Government of all people and it makes you want to weep.
She is supposed to be representing the Police Force of Northumberland … and yet with this kind of bias behaviour does anyone really think VB can be trusted to do a non-political job in a professional manner FAIRLY ???
In my opinion, this ranting is bad for policing, bad for democracy and bad for the taxpayers.
Sorry Northumberland, like me you will probably sense the snobbish POLITICAL-HATRED in her comments …former Blair-Babe, Solicitor General and MP, Ms Baird, a Labour MP who was booted out of Redcar for failing the Steelmakers, for fiddling expenses and ignorer of dog poo in a public place and here she is flying her red-flag, criticising the Coalition Government of all people and it makes you want to weep. She is supposed to be representing the Police Force of Northumberland … and yet with this kind of bias behaviour does anyone really think VB can be trusted to do a non-political job in a professional manner FAIRLY ??? In my opinion, this ranting is bad for policing, bad for democracy and bad for the taxpayers. st-george1

7:07pm Mon 19 Nov 12

loonyleft says...

is Vera Baird not allowed to comment on the election, every news programme stated that the way the election was organised was a farce,which it was, all tory supporters should be complaining to their m.p.'s to get them to do their jobs properly, not being overly sensitive when somebody states the truth.
is Vera Baird not allowed to comment on the election, every news programme stated that the way the election was organised was a farce,which it was, all tory supporters should be complaining to their m.p.'s to get them to do their jobs properly, not being overly sensitive when somebody states the truth. loonyleft

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