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Boris Johnson backs Met Police chief Dame Cressida Dick

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Boris Johnson has full confidence in Metropolitan Police chief Dame Cressida Dick, Downing Street said, following criticism over the force’s handling of a vigil in memory of Sarah Everard. Asked whether the Prime Minister has “full confidence” in Dame Cressida, Mr Johnson’s official spokesman said: “Yes, he does.” Pressed on why he continued to have faith in the Met Police commissioner amid calls for her to resign, the spokesman added: “The Met and inspectors are rightly looking at the events of Saturday night but the commissioner continues to have the PM’s full confidence.”

Video Transcript

- Do you have full confidence in Cressida Dick?

BORIS JOHNSON: Yes, I do. And what she's asked is, as I say, that we look at what happened on Saturday night. The police do have a very, very difficult job, but there's no question that the scenes that we saw were very distressing. And so it is right that Tom Winsor, the Inspector of Constabulary, should do a full report into it. I think people have got to have confidence in the police. And Tom is going to be looking at that.

Well, I was very concerned about the images that I saw. And so yesterday morning, I talked to Cress-- Cressida Dick, the Commissioner of the Metropolis. And we agreed that we'd look at it. And the Home Secretary has now commissioned Tom Winsor of the HMIC, the Inspector of Constabulary, to look at exactly what happened in that video because I think a lot of people were concerned about that.

But the reality is that the country is united still in shock and grief about what happened to Sarah Everard. And we must do everything we can to find the answers. And today in the House of Commons, there's a debate beginning, and a vote tomorrow on new measures that the government is bringing in for tougher sentences for rapists, for ending early release for serious sexual and violent offenders, and new measures to tackle domestic violence. So I hope those will go through.