Boris cautious on Hogan-Howe's discrimination plea

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has reacted cautiously to a suggestion by the Metropolitan Police commissioner for a change in the law to allow positive discrimination in the force.

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Boris cautious on Hogan Howe's discrimination plea

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has reacted cautiously to a suggestion by the Metropolitan Police commissioner for a change in the law to allow positive discrimination in the force.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Credit: PA Wire

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for a change in the law to allow the Met to recruit one ethnic minority officer for every white officer they take on to combat claims that the force is "institutionally racist".

The concept is based on the model used in Northern Ireland where a temporary change in the law allowed the newly formed Police Service of Northern Ireland to take on one Catholic for every Protestant it recruited.

Speaking on LBC radio, Mr Johnson said that while the Met needs a force that "looks like London", any move towards positive discrimination would have to be examined carefully.

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