Good morning. As commissioner of the Metropolitan police, Dame Cressida Dick have to be very conscious that two of her three most up-to-date predecessors, Sir Ian Blair and Sir Paul Stephenson, have been pressured to give up in opposition to their needs after their conduct meant they misplaced the assist of their political masters and yesterday, within the mild of the controversy concerning the Met’s dealing with of the Sarah Everard vigil on Clapham Frequent, it seemed as if she is perhaps on track for an early exit too. In an announcement issued final night time Boris Johnson (who despatched Ian Blair when he was London mayor) mentioned:
Like everybody who noticed it I used to be deeply involved concerning the footage from Clapham Frequent on Saturday night time.
However Johnson additionally mentioned in his assertion that he had spoken to Dick, and that two opinions of the incident have been underway, and this morning it’s clear that assist for the commissioner is firming up. Equipment Malthouse, the policing minister, has been giving interviews this morning and he has backed her enthusiastically. He informed BBC Breakfast:
Cressida Dick is an officer of superlative achievement in her life and she or he has been near some extremely profitable investigations. I do know that she could be very devoted and dedicated to this challenge of coping with violence in opposition to ladies and ladies in as assertive a means as we presumably can.
And he informed the At present programme:
Cressida Dick is a fount of information, ability and experience in us confronting violence in opposition to ladies and ladies, and so after we sit down and meet later right now to speak about this challenge, I’ve little doubt she can have an enormous quantity to contribute.
In different phrases, the commissioner’s job is protected.
However that gained’t finish the slim controversy about what occurred on Clapham Frequent on the weekend, and the broader debates about why ladies nonetheless really feel that the police and the legal justice system don’t defend them correctly, and the way protests ought to be policed, each throughout Covid and later. These can be large points anyway, however they’ve landed on the high of the information agenda on the day MPs begin debating a mammoth piece of laws addressing them.
Right here is the agenda for the day.
9.30am: The ONS publishes a report on a 12 months of coronavirus.
10.30am: Anas Sarwar offers his first main speech as the brand new Scottish Labour chief.
12pm: Downing Road is because of maintain its foyer briefing.
12.15pm: Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, is predicted to carry a Covid briefing.
12.15pm: Kirsty Williams, the Welsh authorities’s schooling minister, holds a briefing.
After 2.30pm: Friends resume their debate on the home abuse invoice. They’re resulting from contemplate an modification that might make misogyny a hate crime.
3.30pm: Priti Patel, the house secretary, is more likely to make a Commons assertion concerning the policing of the Sarah Everard vigil in Clapham on Saturday.
Afternoon: Patel is because of open the second studying debate on the police, crime, sentencing and courts invoice. The talk will final two days, so MPs will vote tomorrow.
Late afternoon: Boris Johnson will chair a gathering of the federal government’s crime and justice taskforce to debate additional steps to guard ladies.
Just lately Politics Dwell has principally been specializing in Covid, however right now I count on we will likely be principally masking the fallout from the Sarah Everard vigil, and the debates provoked by that. For wider Covid protection, right here is our world coronavirus stay weblog.
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