Racism and Sexism (Supplementary) [7]

Session date: 
December 10, 2003
Question By: 
Eric Ollerenshaw
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
Sir John Stevens


Under Standing Order 2:22 can I ask the Chair to ask whether Sir John could quickly comment on a Labour Party press briefing note on this meeting which is headed `Top Cop Savages Tory and Liberal Democrat Police Plans'. `Sir John Stevens, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, this morning condemned Conservative and Liberal Democrat policing proposals for the capital." In doing that, could you also ask Sir John " and I am sure he is aware of some concerns certainly from the Tory group about comments " whether he would also accept an invitation to meet the Tory group at some point to discuss some of those matters?

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Answer for Racism and Sexism (Supplementary) [7]

Answer for Racism and Sexism (Supplementary) [7]

Answered By: 
Sir John Stevens

I will, because no doubt the television cameras will be out there asking me questions. I will make my own conclusions about what I said here today, as I always will. The Metropolitan Police will never be used as a political football by anybody. I will make my own comments about what I have seen here today and I am not going to be drawn into a political battle. I will say what I think is necessary and I will defend my organisation, and, hopefully, as we are your police, you will do likewise for me, and also, I hope, respect the position I hold.

[Sally Hamwee (Chair): The second part of the question was about meeting the Tory group.]

Sir John Stevens (Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service): I would be delighted to do that. I meet all the prospective Mayoral candidates. I sometimes go out to dinner with all of them, and very nice it is too. No problem at all. I would be delighted to do that. Actually, after what happened here an hour ago I would really welcome that because I think we need to do some talking together.