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Khan summonsed by London Assembly over Dick’s resignation

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has been summonsed to appear before the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee to answer questions following the Sir Tom Winsor Review.

Sadiq Khan will appear to be questioned by the London Assembly on his actions surrounding Cressida Dick’s resignation on November 16. 

It marks the first time Mr Khan has been summonsed in his capacity as Mayor. 

Sir Tom Winsor, Dame Cressida Dick and former Home Secretary Priti Patel have also been invited to attend, but are not obligated to do so. 

It follows Sir Tom Winsor’s review which concluded the former Met Commissioner was subject to “constructive dismissal”. 

The review said that on February 10 the Mayor's office gave an untimatum to the Commissoner that unless she attended a meeting with a better plan for restoring public confidence in the Met he would make a statement to the media stating he had lost confidence in her leadership. Dame Cressida was given one hour to decide what to do. 

The Mayor responded that the review was “clearly biased and ignores the facts”. 

Four assembly members had voted instead to invite the Mayor and only summons him were he to refuse. Five members however voted to summons him from the start. 

Refusing or failing to attend Assembly proceedings following a summons notice without a reasonable excuse is a criminal offence. 

Susan Hall AM, Chairman of the Police and Crime Committee, said: “The Sir Tom Winsor review has raised important questions about the circumstances under which the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner stood down.

“The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee has statutory powers to summons the Mayor, which we have used for the first time today.

“We believe that given the seriousness of the review’s findings, the Mayor needs to address the unanswered questions that have emerged. The public will rightly want to know what happened and what lessons need to be learned for the future.”

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