Reacting to the Metropolitan Police being placed under special measures, Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member and member of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee said:
“This is long overdue. The Met’s failings are deep and long standing and being put into ‘special measures’ must be the wake up call the Met’s leadership needs. When only 49% of Londoners have confidence in the police, something is very wrong. Any restoration of public confidence in the Met must involve real change in culture and practices from top to bottom.
"The next Met Commissioner cannot be a Boris Johnson and Priti Patel stitch-up. Instead, the next Commissioner must be someone who can command cross-party support, through votes by both the Home Affairs Select Committee and the London Assembly. This would at least provide some reassurance to the public that change will be delivered and no party political games are being played.”