Who are the contenders to replace Dame Cressida Dick as Met Police commissioner?

Speculation has already begun about who will replace Dame Cressida Dick as the next commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Dame Cressida announced on Thursday that she would be stepping down after losing the backing of London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the wake of a series of scandals during her tenure leading Britain’s biggest police force.

With no clear frontrunner to replace the outgoing commissioner, here is a look at some of the likely candidates.

Matt Jukes was made assistant commissioner in 2020. Credit: PA

Matt Jukes

Matt Jukes, an assistant Metropolitan Police commissioner currently working as head of counter-terrorism, is seen by many commentators as a likely contender.

Mr Jukes first joined South Yorkshire Police as a Pc before moving to South Wales Police and working his way up the ranks.

He rose to become chief constable of South Wales Police before joining the Metropolitan Police as an assistant commissioner in 2020.

So unlike Dame Cressida, who never ran her own force before becoming commissioner, he has prior experience at the helm.

Neil Basu is another assistant commissioner and previously worked as the UK's head of counter-terrorism policing. Credit: PA

Neil Basu

Neil Basu, another assistant commissioner who previously worked as the head of counter-terrorism, is also thought to be a likely candidate.

Mr Basu has spent his entire career serving in the Metropolitan Police.

In a 2019 interview with The Guardian, he said that if someone used the racially offensive comments Boris Johnson had, they would not be admitted into the police force.

For some, the comments were seen as political and could prove detrimental to his chances of succeeding Dame Cressida.

But Mr Basu is popular among officers and is still widely seen as capable.

He is also the most senior police officer of Asian heritage and would be the first commissioner from an ethnic minority background.

Lucy D’Orsi is the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police. Credit: British Transport Police/Facebook

Lucy D’Orsi

Another potential replacement is Lucy D’Orsi, the Chief Constable of the British Transport Police.

She previously worked as a senior officer at the Metropolitan Police.

During her career, she was in charge of the police response to the Beaufort Park fire in 2006 and she headed up security during Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s visit to the UK in 2015.

She would be following in Dame Cressida’s footsteps as the second woman to become Metropolitan Police commissioner.

Nick Ephgrave is another assistant commissioner. Credit: npcc.police.uk

Nick Ephgrave

Nick Ephgrave, assistant commissioner for frontline policing, is also in with a chance of getting the top job.

Mr Ephgrave began his career at the Metropolitan Police but moved to become chief constable of Surrey Police in late 2015.

In 2019, he returned to the Metropolitan Police as an assistant commissioner.

Like Mr Jukes, he also already has experience leading a police force.

Sir Stephen House is the Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Credit: PA

Sir Stephen House

Sir Stephen House is the Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, just below Dame Cressida, and so is a natural contender for the job.

The Scottish police officer has worked in several different forces and was appointed chief constable of Police Scotland in 2012.

However, during his tenure leading Police Scotland he faced criticism for his use of armed patrols as well as stop and search.

He eventually resigned in 2015 over the deaths of Lamara Bell and John Yuill, who lay undiscovered in a wrecked car for three days despite a call from a member of the public.

But in 2018, he became an assistant commissioner at the Metropolitan Police and was promoted to deputy commissioner by the end of the year.

Sir Hugh Orde

Former chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Sir Hugh joined the Met in 1977 where he quickly rose through the ranks.

As Commander responsible for the service's Community Safety and Partnership section, Orde took part in a later phase of the enquiry into the murder of Stephen Lawrence and its subsequent handling by the police.

He also developed Operation Trident, set up to deal with serious drugs related crime in London.

As PSNI Chief constable from 2002 to 2009, Sir Hugh set up a special PSNI division, the Historical Enquiries Unit (HET) in 2005 to investigate over 3,000 troubles deaths.

The 63-year-old was knighted for his services to policing in 2005.