Cressida Dick: Iain Duncan Smith calls for a 'new bloom'
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The former Tory party leader launched a scathing attack on Cressida Dick amid mounting calls for her resignation following the whole life imprisonment of former Police officer Wayne Couzens. Couzens kidnapped, raped and murdered Sarah Everard in March. It comes as the Sunday Mirror have revealed that an astonishing 26 Met police colleagues of Mr Couzens have committed sex crimes since 2016.
He said: “I have resisted calls for her resignation simply on the basis that these things don’t always change things in the short term.
“I do think the handling of certain events in London has not been brilliant such as the Extinction Rebellion protests which have cost huge amounts of money.
“And worse, as an outer-borough MP, [the Met] has stripped out the police forces from the outer boroughs putting us in jeopardy – there is lots going on.
“I think the issues around the recent murders, the female murders and the terrible problems that have come out of that.”
Mr Duncan Smith added: “I think there are issues around here about leadership and focus.
“I think the MET has got to have somebody in charge now that understands the dynamic of what they do, how it works best and that people can rely on them to be both forceful where necessary.
“But also helpful and can be trusted and I think that is the bit that has got to be resolved.”
He slammed: “And it may require that she steps down and somebody else is able to take over, because I think it is time now for a new bloom!”
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