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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.


Hogan-Howe faces 'Plebgate' pressure

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has come under fire from Conservative politicians over a leak of information to newspapers about the so-called 'Plebgate' scandal, which caused Cabinet Minister Andrew Mitchell to resign.

Some Tories have suggested he was the source of the leak and have called on him to resign.

Glen Goodman has the details:

Met commissioner 'protected integrity of investigation'

The Commissioner has been repeatedly questioned about Operation Alice (the police investigation into the 'Plebgate' affair) by members of the Home Affairs Committee and by journalists, including in the meetings with a variety of publications on the 25th and 26th March which are documented in our media contact register. He has always sought to allow the MPS to be held to account by providing accurate information whilst protecting the integrity of the investigation.

– Metropolitan Police statement

Met chief under pressure over 'Plebgate' leak

Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe Credit: Metropolitan Police

The Sunday Times is reporting that Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is under growing pressure to resign over the leaking of details of the police inquiry into the Andrew Mitchell 'Plebgate' affair.

A freedom of information (FoI) request has reportedly revealed that Hogan-Howe had a private meeting with journalists just before they wrote articles claiming officers had found no evidence to support the former cabinet minister’s version of events.

The newspaper says the reply from Hogan-Howe’s office to the FoI request suggested that the meeting did take place but failed to disclose details of what was said.

Mitchell’s friends are now calling for Hogan-Howe to explain what was said at the meeting and provide details of his diary, tape recordings and notes.

The lack of detail has led to allegations of a cover up and calls from senior Conservatives for the commissioner to resign.

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