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Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick is leaving her job

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Dame Cressida Dick is leaving her role as head of the Met Police with the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan saying it’s clear “the only way to start to deliver the scale of the change required is to have new leadership right at the top”.

Sadiq Khan put the Met Police Commissioner “on notice” last week after the police watchdog published messages sent by officers that used sexist, racist and homophobic language.

He said his entire trust in the Met hinged on her coming up with a robust plan for dealing with the behaviour.

But he said he was “not satisfied” with the commissioner’s response and in a statement on Thursday evening said: “On being informed of this, Dame Cressida Dick has said she will be standing aside.

Dame Cressida Dick and London Mayor Sadiq Khan
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“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.”

Dame Cressida said it was “with great sadness” she was stepping down.

“It is clear that the mayor no longer has sufficient confidence in my leadership to continue,” she said.

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

She added: “The murder of Sarah Everard and many other awful cases recently have, I know, damaged confidence in this fantastic police service.”

It has been agreed that she will continue to serve for a short period to enable an orderly handover.

London mayor to work with Home Secretary on new appointment

Mr Khan said he would begin working with the Home Secretary Priti Patel 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”.

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Her resignation comes following a series of scandals including the murder of Sarah Everard by serving officer Wayne Couzens, and the exchange of racist, misogynist and homophobic messages by officers at Charing Cross Police Station.

Earlier on Thursday, when asked by the BBC if she should step down, she said: “I have absolutely no intention of going and I believe that I am and have been, actually for the last five years, leading a real transformation in the Met.”

In her full statement she said serving the people of London had been “the greatest honour and privilege of my life”.

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