Met officers round on Boris Johnson over 'politicisation' of police
Britain's two most senior police officers rounded on Boris Johnson's London administration tonight and vowed to fight for their independence from political interference in response to Tory claims that they had seized control of Scotland Yard.
Sir Paul Stephenson, the commissioner of the Metropolitan police, and Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, reacted angrily after the London mayor's deputy told the Guardian that the Conservatives in the capital now had their "hands on the tiller" of Britain's biggest force.
The remarks by Kit Malthouse drew a furious rebuke from Stephenson, who broke off from his holiday to flatly reject suggestions that his authority was being undermined. He sent an internal message to all staff at the Yard and in a letter to the Guardian made clear he was in sole charge of the force.
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"Met officers round on Boris Johnson over 'politicisation' of police", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2009. Consulté le 29/11/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/met-officers-round-on-boris-johnson-over-politicisation-of-police