Results 61–80 of 103 for speaker:Baroness Newlove

Victims of Crime: Mobile Phone Data - Statement (29 Apr 2019)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, I have had quite a busy day on this subject and I have a busy day tomorrow on anti-social behaviour. I have argued that, when making such huge decisions, fairness requires that the victims must be offered free access to independent legal advice. Where there are disputes between prosecutors and victims about what should be disclosed, the final decision should be taken by a judge and...

International Women’s Day - Motion to Take Note (7 Mar 2019)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, the theme for International Women’s Day—“Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”—puts innovation by, and for, women and girls at the heart of efforts to achieve a gender balance. As the UN Women website says: “Achieving a gender-equal world requires social innovations that work for both women and men and leave no one behind. From urban planning that focuses on...

Knife Crime - Statement (4 Mar 2019)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, first, I apologise to my noble friend, as I rushed in as quickly as possible when she began this Statement, after watching the screen. I think they need to make it more focus friendly, because it is so tiny—it is my age. Joking apart, this is a serious issue, so I have been doing lots of media and radio this morning. After this weekend and seeing the young girl—and I give my...

Sexual Offences Legislation - Question (28 Jan 2019)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, as Victims’ Commissioner I have to put my pennyworth in. The noble Lord, Lord Campbell-Savours, mentioned the criminal injuries compensation scheme and suggested that victims are in it for money. I suggest that he reads my recent report, which came out on Wednesday. I have met many victims who are not in it for the money; actually, they are in it for justice for what happened to...

Children and Young People: Digital Technology - Motion to Take Note (17 Jan 2019)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, the time allotted for this debate has now elapsed and I must put the Question to the House. Motion agreed. House adjourned at 5.26 pm.

Forced Marriages: Repatriation Charges - Question (9 Jan 2019)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, I welcome the commitment the Minister has given today on behalf of the Government. Will the FCO look at getting compensation out of the perpetrators who force the victims to return with no money? As part of this review, will the Government consider that families who have lost a loved one to homicide abroad should not have to refund the Government for the cost of returning the body...

Offensive Weapons Bill - Second Reading (7 Jan 2019)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, I first pay my respects to the family of Mr Pomeroy and to his young son, who witnessed his father’s murder. I welcome the Government’s commitment to tackling violent crime, both legislatively, via the Offensive Weapons Bill, and with the preventive measures outlined in the Serious Violence Strategy published in June last year. None the less, while its provisions are to be...

Domestic Abuse - Question (19 Nov 2018)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, I welcome the Question from the noble Lord, Lord Bassam, because it is very important. In the meantime, we must not lose sight of the fact that two women a week are killed by abusive partners and their families’ lives are ripped apart. As Victims Commissioner for England and Wales, I made 14 recommendations to the Government on their domestic abuse Bill, one of which was to give...

Youth Services - Question for Short Debate (26 Jun 2018)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Storey, for this debate; it may be a small one, but the topic is certainly not. We see young lives being lost daily through knife and gun crime across our nation. A moral panic has begun, arousing social concern. After the loss of my late husband, Garry Newlove, I was asked what I wanted to do. I had never been in the national spotlight, so to speak, so...

Courts and Tribunals (Judiciary and Functions of Staff) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (20 Jun 2018)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, this has been a wonderful debate. As someone who used to work in the courts, I have learned quite a lot about the history of titles in the courts, and so on. The speech given by my wonderful noble and learned friend Lord Mackay was delightful—and of course I have had the pleasure of working alongside the noble and learned Lord, Lord Thomas, on victims’ issues. As a former...

Serious Violence Strategy - Motion to Take Note (11 Jun 2018)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate. I do so, however, with a heavy heart. As many in the House will be aware, I speak from the unenviable position of having been widowed because of violent crime. I am a mother of three children—of whom I am really proud—who have no father because of violent crime. As the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, I have spent...

Worboys Case and the Parole Board - Statement (28 Mar 2018)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, this has been a successful day for victims and they have received justice, but we must not forget how hard this journey has been for them. They have had huge pressure on their shoulders. It has not been an easy fight and is still not an easy fight. I ask my noble and learned friend to think that it cannot be right that offenders have legal teams to take them through the parole...

Domestic Abuse - Question for Short Debate (22 Mar 2018)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Lister, for tabling this important Question for debate. It is a huge area to discuss in such a tightly framed debate. The debate is timely, in that it comes in the wake of the domestic abuse consultation launched a fortnight ago by the Home Secretary and the Justice Secretary, which promises to transform our response to domestic violence. As...

Transparency of the Parole Board and Victim Support - Statement (9 Jan 2018)

Baroness Newlove: This weekend has been quite emotional. I have done a lot of media, speaking for victims, and this case has raised a lot of issues from a lot of agencies that victims do not get support. First and foremost, they do not have any legal rights. However, I welcome the Government’s commitment to the review on the transparency of the Parole Board. I have had meetings with Nick Hardwick, and that...

Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill - Question (27 Nov 2017)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, as Victims’ Commissioner, I have not been privy to the preparation of the Government’s consultation on the domestic abuse Bill. Therefore, will my noble friend the Minister say whether the Bill will include statutory provisions to prevent perpetrators of abuse pursuing their victims through the family courts?

Modern Slavery (Victim Support) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (8 Sep 2017)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, I am delighted to be taking part in the debate on this Bill and I congratulate my noble friend Lord McColl on introducing such a wonderful piece of legislation. He has been an ardent campaigner on behalf of the victims of modern day slavery and I pay tribute to his tenacity and resolve in seeking to eradicate this terrible crime. The Prime Minister has described modern slavery as,...

Domestic Violence and Abuse - Motion to Take Note (6 Jul 2017)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, having heard the previous three speakers, I am quite emotional as I am very passionate about victims. As someone who is also a victim, I become irate when I listen to these speeches, as we are not discussing politics or legislation but human lives. First, I congratulate my noble friend Lady Manzoor on initiating this very important topic. Sadly, as we debate this very important...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (4th Day) (27 Jun 2017)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, I want to use the short time available to speak on two issues that have been touched upon in the gracious Speech and to highlight one issue that, sadly, has not been. As Victims Commissioner for England and Wales, I very much welcome the Government’s intention to introduce an independent public advocate who will act for bereaved families following a public disaster and support...

Family Court - Statement (9 Jan 2017)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, while this news from the Government is welcome, and for the work I do as Victims’ Commissioner, the important word for victims of the horrendous crime of domestic abuse is “swift”. Coercive behaviour by perpetrators in our family courts is so rapid that we need to work quickly to ensure that we protect these victims. It disheartens me to hear about families being broken up. In...

Road Traffic Accidents: Hand-held Mobile Devices - Motion to Take Note (15 Dec 2016)

Baroness Newlove: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Pidding for drawing the attention of your Lordships’ House to the very important issue that we are addressing here today. We should be under no illusions about the untold damage and distress such actions cause to hundreds of families across the country. Many victims are impacted, and this is what I should like to highlight today. The RAC published a...


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