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Met Police told to become more diverse

The Metropolitan Police must do more to increase its diversity- according to a new report by the London Assembly. The latest figures show that only 11 per cent of Met officers are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background- compared with around 40 per cent of the population.

Met Police told to better reflect the city it serves Credit: PA

The report makes a number of recommendations to further increase the Met's diversity, including: - Targeting BME women as a specific group and creating 'champions' to increase diversity. - Supporting flexible working to plug the rising numbers of female officers leaving the force. - Consider the legal implications of lessons from New York and Northern Ireland in the next two years, if other efforts to increase diversity prove unsuccessful.

In 2013, 11% of Met's officers were from a BAME background Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive/Press Association Images
The Met has been recognised for making some progress Credit: PA

The Committee recognises that the Met has made some progress, including targeted recruitment activities at BAME and female groups. But Joanne McCartney AM, Chair of the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee, said: "All Londoners would benefit from a police service that thinks, looks and acts like our city. "There is much more that can be done, such as expanding flexible working and targeting BAME women as a specific group for recruitment, which would speed up diversifying the Met. "When the Met is more representative of the city it polices, we will have a force to be reckoned with. A police force that understands and meets the needs of Londoners."


Deputy Mayor Stephen Greenhalgh announces he wants to take over from Boris

Stephen Greenhalgh (left) is currently Boris Johnson's Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime. Credit: PA

One of Boris Johnson's deputies Stephen Greenhalgh has announced that he hopes to be the Conservative candidate at the next mayoral election. With Mr Johnson standing down in 2016, Mr Greenhalgh said he hopes to make London a less expensive city to live in:

The people who keep our city alive can no longer afford to live here. I have the track record and expertise to deliver for them.

– Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor

Mr Greenhalgh used to lead Hammersmith and Fulham Council where he reduced the council tax. If he became mayor, he's promising to cut transport fares and create new homes for essential workers. Mr Johnson has backed his decision to stand:

We need the strongest possible field and I am very pleased that Stephen Greenhalgh has decided to contest the nomination after an outstanding career in London government and in his current role as Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime.

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

Should Mayor call for a 'stalkers register'?

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London Mayor Boris Johnson will face questions from the city's Assembly members later today during Mayor's Question Time.

Topics that are expected to come up include plans for the new Garden Bridge in the River Thames and the possibility of whether the Mayor should call for the Metropolitan Police to introduce a register of stalkers.


Made in Dagenham stars back equal pay campaign

The cast of the musical Made in Dagenham and the protesters it was based on, are coming together to continue the campaign for equal pay.

They are supporting Labour's plan to force companies with over 250 employees to publish the pay gap between their male and female employees.

The 'Mind the Pay Gap' campaign is hosting a rally in Parliament before a vote will be called on the issue this afternoon.

Currently only five companies publish their gender pay gap in their annual report.

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