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Dame Cressida Dick is to step down as commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

Dame Cressida Dick has dramatically stepped down as the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, the Mayor of London has confirmed.

A series of controversies including the partygate affair have served to increase the pressure on the beleaguered police chief.

To make matters worse, the police watchdog uncovered evidence of “disgraceful” bullying, racism, misogyny and “inappropriate behaviour” within the Metropolitan Police in a damning new report.

But just earlier today she told the media she had no intention of resigning citing her own personal anger at problems within the force in London.

The Mayor of London said in a statement: “Last week, I made clear to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner the scale of the change I believe is urgently required to rebuild the trust and confidence of Londoners in the Met and to root out the racism, sexism, homophobia, bullying, discrimination and misogyny that still exists.

“I am not satisfied with the Commissioner’s response.

“On being informed of this, Dame Cressida Dick has said she will be standing aside.

“It’s clear that the only way to start to deliver the scale of the change required is to have new leadership right at the top of the Metropolitan Police”.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Image: gov.uk

He added: “I will now work closely with the Home Secretary on the appointment of a new Commissioner so that we can move quickly to restore trust in the capital’s police service while keeping London safe.”

In her own resulting statement, Dame Cressida said: “It is with huge sadness that following contact with the Mayor of London today, it is clear that the Mayor no longer has sufficient confidence in my leadership to continue.

“He has left me no choice but to step aside as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.”

Last September High-profile critics of the Commissioner signed an open letter addressed to Boris Johnson urging for her to be replaced.

The letter – shared with the Daily Mail and written by authors including Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Lady Diana Brittan – accuses Dame Cressida of “presiding over a culture of incompetence and cover-up” and urges the police watchdog, the Independent Office of Police Conduct to introduce reforms.

It said: “Dame Cressida Dick … must not have her contract extended and must be properly investigated for her conduct, along with predecessors and those in her inner circle, who she appointed and who have questions to answer.”

The letter added she “should be replaced by an appointee outside of London via a truly independent and transparent process”.

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