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Bye Bye Cressida Dick

NO ONE WILL shed any tears over the departure of Dame Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police chief who was finally forced to resign after a damning indictment from the Mayor of London last week.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “not satisfied” Dame Cressida could “root out the racism, sexism, homophobia, bullying, discrimination and misogyny that still exist” in the force or restore Londoners’ trust in the Metropolitan Police.

The Labour politician said the last straw was the Commissioner’s less than robust response to the police watchdog’s report into the Charing Cross cops who joked about rape, LGBT people and violence towards women on social media. Khan said that “the response from the Commissioner wasn’t up to the scale of the change required in the Met Police Service”.

It’s surprising it took so long for Khan to see through her though to be fair, Cressida Dick’s talent was in brushing aside criticism from the public the police claim to protect. These included repeated claims of misogyny and racism in the force; the dismal handling of the “spycops” scandal and the “partygate” investigation and accusations that the Met had failed to properly investigate claims of indecent exposure by one of the force who later raped and killed a woman in 2021.

None of us will miss Cressida Dick. Whether her successor will be any better remains to be seen.