Response to the resignation of Sir Bernard Hogan Howe

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At the last Police and Crime Committee, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime said that she had full confidence in Sir Bernard. What has changed in less than a week?

It has been clear for some time that Sadiq Khan would push out Sir Bernard, not because he has a better option lined up or because Sir Bernard had failed at his job, but because Khan believes that doing so would make him look strong.

This is the latest mistake by a PR-focused administration that will do nothing to improve the safety of Londoners. It is also yet another example of Sadiq Khan interfering in operational policing.

During his short tenure, Sadiq Khan has forced out two Commissioners of key emergency services, putting Londoners at risk.

Steve O’Connell, London Assembly Member for Croydon and Sutton

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