Live updates

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.


Hogan-Howe: testing would act as a deterrent

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says that drug-testing would help cut the number of users - as the risk of losing your job would act as a deterrent.

"It seems to me we have got to plant in people’s minds something to affect the demand as well as supply. You can think of many occupations where if you were working with a colleague you would want to be sure in fact that they were drug free."

– Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.

Met Chief calls for mandatory drug-testing

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe is the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Credit: Metropolitan Police.

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police is calling for mandatory drug-testing at work.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says that anyone failing a drug test and refusing to get help should face the sack.

He wants it to cover all occupations, but the special focus would be on teachers, transport staff and health staff working in intensive care.

The law says workers must consent to being tested, but can face disciplinary action in certain circumstances if they refuse.


Met boss 'shocked and saddened' by death of officers

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe spoke on the subject of two female police officers killed earlier:

I am deeply shocked and saddened by the death of two officers in Manchester today in this horrific attack. It is a tragic reminder that officers face the potential for danger on a daily basis. My thoughts are with the families and colleagues of these brave police officers.

Load more updates