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Neil Basu and Stuart Lawrence among members of Khan’s Policing Board

The London Policing Board was a recommendation from the Baroness Casey Review.

Neil Basu and Stuart Lawrence, brother of Stephen Lawrence, are among 12 members to form a new public scrutiny board on improvements within the Met.

The London Policing Board has been established at the recommendation of Baroness Casey as a method of monitoring the delivery of improvements within the Met and systemic and cultural reforms set out on the Casey report.

The first meeting of the board, chaired by Mayor Sadiq Khan, is set to take place next Tuesday. It can be viewed by the public both in person at City Hall and online.

Other board members include Sir John Aston, former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Home Office, Susan Lea, a psychologist, leadership coach and organisational change expert and Andrea Simon, the Director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition and co-Chair of the London VAWG Board.

Members will receive remuneration of £15,000 p/a for 15-20 days' commitment annually. 

Meanwhile ex-officio members of the board include the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Sophie Linden and London’s Independent Victims’ Commissioner Claire Waxman.

The board is set to provide specialist advice to help the Mayor in holding the Met to account as it aims to deliver reforms.

Members will meet four times a year based on the approach to accountability currently used by Transport for London, with their remuneration matching that received by members of the TfL board. 

Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “I’ve already put the Met on the path of far reaching systemic and cultural reform with the appointment of a new Commissioner and today’s announcement of the members of the new London Policing Board builds on this.

"This new Board represent a wide and diverse range of outside expertise and lived experiences and will help me oversee and drive the changes in policing that Londoners need and deserve.

“These members care deeply about policing in London and have an extraordinary range of professional skills and lived experience they can draw on to make a positive difference.

“Crucially we have strong representation from those communities who have been let down by the police for far too long and have the lowest levels of trust in the Met. Their contribution will be invaluable to driving the reform we need to see to build a safer and fairer London for everyone.”

The Police and Crime Committee has previously raised concerns with MOPAC about the aims and recruitment processes of the board. 

On today's announcement, Chair Caroline Russell said: "We look forward to finding out more about how the Board will work in practice and, more specifically, how it plans to hold the Met to account.

“We are keen to ensure that this increases overall accountability of the Met and does not impact the democratic scrutiny by this Committee and the wider Assembly, which is all the more important in light of Baroness Casey’s review.

“We must all continue to work constructively to provide the scrutiny, oversight and support the Met needs to achieve its required reform to a service that Londoners deserve.”

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