Cressida Dick was fighting for her job today after Britain’s longest-serving female MP demanded her resignation over the murder of Sarah Everard.
Ex-Labor deputy Harriet Herman said women’s confidence in the Met police had been “broken down” and destabilized the commissioner’s position.
Cold-blooded cop Wayne Couzens will die in prison today after being sentenced to life in prison after confessing to kidnapping, rape and murder.
During the course of the case it emerged that fellow rogue officers nicknamed “The Rapist”, raising serious questions about how they were allowed to remain in office.
Following today’s decision, Ms. Harman wrote letters to both Ms. Dick and Home Secretary Priti Patel, calling for immediate change.
She told Met Boss – who was in court for sentencing – “Women need to be reassured that the police are there to make them safe, not put them at risk.
“Women need to be able to trust the police, not be afraid of them.”
The Labor MP said Ms Dick was not the person to push for change and ordered her to fall on his sword.
Ms Harman also wrote to Ms Patel with a list of seven demands for “rebuilding” at Scotland Yard.
Sir Keir Starmer has urged that stricter laws should be brought in to protect women from the horrific abduction and murder of Sarah.
The Labor leader said the 33-year-old’s killing was a “disease” and he would work with Boris Johnson to prevent another.
Before the court’s decision Sir Keir – once Britain’s top prosecutor – called on the government to strengthen the law.
He said: “We have to change the law. We need a victims’ law. We have needed a victims’ law for years.
“We need better provision with respect to violence against women and girls. We have needed this for a very long time.
“If the government makes a law on violence against women and girls or victims on the first Monday when we return after these party conventions, we will vote for it.”
Labor unveiled a Victims Law in February that would give victims of persistent antisocial behavior the same rights as victims of crimes.
A different plan was unveiled in the wake of Sara’s murder, which would make punishment for rapists and stalkers more likely to commit crimes for street sexual assault, as well as tougher punishments.
In his party convention speech yesterday, Sir Keir declared Labor a party of law and order.
The government is pushing its own Police, Crime, Punishment and Courts Bill through Parliament that will increase jail time for murderers and rapists.
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Sir Keir also said that the Met Police should investigate how their own officer Cousins managed to “slip through the net”.
He said: “I know the hundreds of thousands of police officers who have done a great job up and down the country are absolutely sick of it, but obviously how did he get to earth through the net is the important question that has yet to be answered. Gave.”
Former Tory leader Ian Duncan Smith also called for Scotland Yard to investigate.
“My personal view is the way they structure it,” he told Times Radio. [the Metropolitan Police] Look at yourself when incidents happen, there is a need to change.”
Yesterday Sarah’s mother told the court how she is “years” for her daughter in a powerfully influential statement.
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