We recently publicly called for the resignation of Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria. The letter we sent her is here.
One element in our call for her resignation was a campaign with posters featuring misleading claims about domestic violence and rape, which had been posted on Metro trains and buses in Newcastle. A member of the public complained to the Advertising Standards Authority that the posters failed to meet the ASA requirement that advertisements be ‘legal, decent, honest and truthful’ – and the complaint was upheld. The poster campaign was dropped as a result.
Following our FoI request sent to Vera Baird’s office, the cost to taxpayers of the ideologically-driven campaign has been revealed as £15,729 – here.
In the FoI response, it was claimed that no costs were incurred in designing the posters, nor were there any other up-front costs. Yeah, right…
We renew our call for Vera Baird’s resignation.