Home Somerset county Priti Patel ‘orders investigation into handling of Cressida Dick’s resignation’

Priti Patel ‘orders investigation into handling of Cressida Dick’s resignation’

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The row between Priti Patel and Sadiq Khan reignited when the Home Secretary reportedly ordered an inquiry into the handling of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s resignation.

Dame Cressida Dick has resigned after losing the Mayor of London’s backing of his force reform plan amid a series of scandals and allegations of a toxic work culture.

The Mail on Sunday has reported that a review of what has been described as the mayor’s ‘chaotic sacking’ will be led by Sir Tom Windsor, the Constabulary’s Chief Inspector.

Home Secretary Priti Patel is said to have ordered an inquiry (Peter Byrne/PA)

The Home Office was unable to confirm or deny the report, but City Hall responded.

A source said: ‘It is absolutely bizarre that the Home Secretary has decided to waste taxpayers’ money on a politically motivated investigation to defend the Met Commissioner when in the last two weeks alone the commissioner oversaw two other devastating scandals at the Met.

“This is a cynical and childish move by a Home Secretary who is more interested in petty politics than his job of keeping the public safe and fixing his program of refugees for families fleeing Ukraine.”

It was also argued that there was no inquiry process because the commissioner resigned rather than attend a meeting with Mr Khan to discuss the proposals.

Dame Cressida resigned on February 11 after the mayor expressed displeasure at his response to widespread public outrage at offensive messages exchanged by a group of officers based at Charing Cross police station.

Met Deputy Commissioner Sir Stephen House has written to Ms Patel asking for an inquiry into the handling of her departure.

Resignation of Cressida Dick
Dame Cressida Dick has resigned after losing the confidence of the Mayor of London (Victoria Jones/PA)

In 2008, Sir Ian Blair resigned as commissioner after losing the support of then London mayor, and now Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

A spokeswoman for the mayor defended him in response to reports from Ms Patel’s inquiry, saying public trust in Scotland Yard is ‘at an all-time low, following a series of devastating scandals , including the murder of Sarah Everard by an on-duty police officer and the overt racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia and discrimination on display at Charing Cross Police Station”.

“The mayor is clear that the next Met chief must demonstrate that he understands the depth of the problems faced by the force and that he has a plan to restore the confidence of Londoners,” she added.