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Priti Patel commissions inquiry into handling of Cressida Dick resignation

The Home Secretary has reportedly commissioned an inquiry into the handling of the Met Commissioner’s resignation.

The review will be headed by Sir Tom Winsor, who is due to leave his post as Chief Inspector of Constabulary at the end of this month, according to a report in the Mail on Sunday.

The Home Office has not yet confirmed or denied the report, but City Hall have responded.

A source said: “It’s absolutely bizarre that the Home Secretary has decided to waste taxpayers’ money on a politically-motivated inquiry to defend the Met Commissioner when in the past two weeks alone the commissioner has overseen another two devastating scandals at the Met.

“This is a cynical and childish move from a Home Secretary that is more interested in petty politics than in doing her job of keeping the public safe and fixing her refugee scheme for families fleeing Ukraine.”

It is also being argued that there is nothing to investigate as the Commissioner resigned of her own accord on February 11 rather than attend a meeting with Sadiq Khan to discuss the proposals.

Deputy Commissioner Stephen House called for a review into the events that lead to Commissioner Dick’s resignation at the end of last month.

He claimed that impartiality rules had been ignored by Sadiq Khan and described Commissioner Dick as “the outstanding police officer of her generation”.

GLA Police and Crime Committee Chair Susan Hall also revealed that she had received “quite a bit of correspondence” from serving officers following the announcement.

A spokeswoman for the mayor defended him in response to reports of Ms Patel’s inquiry, saying public trust in Scotland Yard is “at the lowest level on record, following a series of devastating scandals including the murder of Sarah Everard by a serving police officer and the overt racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia and discrimination exposed at Charing Cross Police Station”.

“The Mayor is clear that the Met’s next leader must demonstrate they understand the depths of the problems faced by the force and have a plan to restore the trust and confidence of Londoners,” she added.

Commissioner Dick will remain in post until a replacement is found.

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