Mayor’s office may launch ‘ethics committee’ to deal with police complaints

Boris Johnson speaking at the Home Affairs Committee this afternoon. Picture: House of Commons

Boris Johnson speaking at the Home Affairs Committee this afternoon. Picture: House of Commons

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Boris Johnson says his office might launch a ‘legacy and ethics committee’ to look into dealing with complaints about the Metropolitan Police.

Speaking at the Home Affairs Committee the Mayor of London said undercover operations are ‘vital’ to policing the capital.

But he said since the revelations officers engaged in sexual relations with women, and allegations they attempted to smear the family of Stephen Lawrence, he said he is looking at setting up an independent body to scrutinise aspects of Met policy and deal with complaints.

Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who also appeared in front of MPs at the committee, said there was no policy to target women by building a sexual relationship in order to further an undercover operation.

Mr Johnson was being quizzed by the committee about policing in London, but he also took the opportunity to lash out at the money spent guarding the Ecuadorian Embassy since Julian Assange entered it last year.

He revealed it has cost the taxpayer at least £4million to provide a round the clock presence at the building in Knightsbridge to make sure the WikiLeaks founder doesn’t leave.

Mr Assange is the subject of an arrest warrant to be extradited to Sweden to face questioning over allegations of sexual assault.

The Mayor of London said: “It’s absolutely ridiculous, that money should be spent on frontline policing.

“It’s completely wasted.”

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