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Mayor’s priorities for policing are vague, lacking in detail and don't address falling public confidence

The Mayor of London needs to step up with far more ambitious plans for policing in the capital, is the key message he has been sent by the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, in her detailed submission responding to the Draft Police and Crime Plan for the capital from 2022 to 2025.

In her submission to the legally required consultation Caroline Pidgeon, a long standing member of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee, set out the following key areas where the Mayor needs to step up:

Alleged Covid regulation breaches at Conservative HQ must be investigated

London Assembly Lib Dem leader Caroline Pidgeon has joined the Labour and Green group leaders in writing to Cressida Dick, asking for an investigation into reports of a party at Tory HQ in December 2020, when London was under Tier 2 restrictions.

Caroline said:

It's essential all those who breach the rules are held to account, not least those of us who are in public life and should be setting an example.

The Met needs to take immediate action to restore the trust of the LGBTQ+ community

Caroline Pidgeon has written to Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner, asking what immediate action will be taken following the Port Inquest.

Caroline said:

London’s LGBTQ+ community feel failed by the Met and it is essential that the Met take immediate and bold action to try and repair confidence and trust.

The Met must investigate the alleged COVID rule breaches at Downing Street

Caroline Pidgeon has written to the Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner regarding the alleged COVID-19 breaches at 10 Downing Street late last year.

Caroline wrote:

"Many Londoners working on the COVID-19 frontline, in our shops and on our transport network have put themselves at risk over the last 20 months, including during last Christmas, and they will share my dismay at these alleged breaches, as will all those who did the right thing and cancelled plans last Christmas.

Questioning the Met Commissioner on the Daniel Morgan case

In addition to questioning some members of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel, Caroline also questioned the Met Commissioner on the serious implications of the case.

There are still many more questions to be asked around the handling of this case, and on wider issues of corruption.

The Met needs a willingness to learn lessons from this damning report

In the London Assembly, Caroline Pidgeon asked the Deputy Commissioner of the Met why there has still not been a clear apology for the corruption involved in the Daniel Morgan case.

Caroline said:

I still believe we need to see a more reflective attitude from the Met and a willingness to learn the lessons from this damning report.

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