Racism and Sexism (Supplementary) [9]

Session date: 
December 10, 2003
Question By: 
Graham Tope
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
Sir John Stevens

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Can I say that personally I am quite happy to defend, if it needs defending, the Commissioner's right to comment on proposals. I do not think we should equate him with the chief executive of a local authority because he is not. Chair, he says he does not want to be drawn into our Party-political controversy, but frankly I think it is too late. This press briefing which we now have in front of us is headed `Top Cop Savages Tory and Lib Democrat Police Plans'. Eric has read out the first paragraph, which Sir John has now seen. I have sat here pretty well all morning and I have not heard Sir John say anything that I would interpret as savaging or condemning Liberal Democrat policing proposals.

Chair, can I ask you to ask Sir John if my understanding of what has happened this morning is correct, and that he has not this morning, or at any other time as far as know, publicly condemned or savaged Liberal Democrat policing plans?

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Answer for Racism and Sexism (Supplementary) [9]

Answer for Racism and Sexism (Supplementary) [9]

Answered By: 
Sir John Stevens

Absolutely. I have not in any way savaged anyone's policing plans in any way shape or form. I want to make that absolutely clear, and the television cameras and others outside will be told so. I must reinforce this: the Metropolitan Police will not be used as a political football as long as I am Commissioner.