One of the most controversially extreme feminist Labour MPs has lost her previously extremely safe seat in one of the biggest swings of the night. Liberal Democrat Ian Swales overcame a majority of over 21% forcing the extreme feminist MP Vera Baird into 2nd place.
Baird was famously arrogant, an example of which was back in January 2008 Swedish sex work Isabella Lund was invited to the British Embassy in Stockholm to discuss the Swedish sex laws (that allow prostitution but criminalise the punters) with Vernon Coaker and our Vera. This is part of what she said about the encounter:
“After half an hour Vera Baird dropped by, excused herself that she had been on the phone and then said in a very arrogant way that surely I must think that the Swedish law was good. I told her that I couldn’t find one single positive side effect and I hoped that they’d be more enlightened in England when they’d make their decisions. Then she started to rant about rehabilitation of English sexworkers who had been arrested.” In other words she was quite happy to prosecute prostitutes in order to ‘protect’ them.
And of course there was the famous dog poo incident In 2009 when Baird was involved in an altercation with a woman at Kings Cross in relation to Baird’s dog fouling the platform. No action was taken by the British Transport Police. Baird denied any wrongdoing, in fact she asked: “Do you know who I am?” and claims the police have apologised to her following her complaints about their attitude.
But it was what she did behind the scenes that sets her apart from other MPs. In particular her contributions (i.e she pretty much wrote them) to the various sexual offences acts which are clearly anti-male. For example she was the prime mover in the Sexual Offences Act of 2003 in which the identities of accused rapists would become public knowledge whereas the victim could never be named pretty much irrespective of the outcome of the trial. She argued that if the accused must be named as it’d encourage further victims to come forward but it has been deemed to be unfair particularly to those falsely accused. Her speciality were laws that were vaguely worded in order to widen their scope at a later date without any further legislation.
She tried to have prostitution banned (but failed) but did manage to get so called extreme porn banned (using her proxy Martin Salter) and more regulation of Lap Dancing clubs and she was against women being jailed.
She was viewed as having little or no interest in her constituency particularly with regards to the closure of the biggest local employee Corus as a result of the carbon credit scheme which she enthusiastically supported.
Now she’ll go back to become a barrister prosecuting the very laws she introduced while her erstwhile constituents can pat themselves on their backs for their will to throw her out on her ear.
So when she now asks: “Do you know who I am?” The reply should be “rejected and unemployed.”
|Liberal Democrat||Ian Swales||18,955||45.2||+25.0|
|Trade Unionist & Socialist||Hannah Walter||127||0.3||+0.3|