USELESS Metropolitan Police boss Cressida Dick has resigned following a row over Downing Street parties and racism within the force.
Some of the Mets officers were said to be “delighted” and supporters are “deeply saddened” at the decision for Dick to quit.
In a statement on Thursday, Dame Cressida said she will stand aside because London Mayor Sadiq Khan “no longer has sufficient confidence in my leadership to continue”.
The news comes a week after Mr Khan said he was “not satisfied” with the Met Commissioner’s response to calls for change following a series of scandals including the murder of Sarah Everard by serving officer Wayne Couzens, as well as racist, misogynist and homophobic messages exchanged by officers at Charing Cross police station.
Alastair Morgan, who has spent decades campaigning for justice for his brother Daniel, who was killed with an axe in a pub car park in Sydenham, south-east London, in the 1980s, said Dame Cressida has “disappointed” his family on every level.
Speaking to Politicalite last night, he said: “The first time I dealt with Cressida Dick was in 2012 and since then all she has done in relation to my family is just delay, obstruct and disappoint on a huge level.
“Although I think it is a shame that we are seeing another commissioner disappear under a cloud of smoke, it is necessary.
“My only anxiety now is who is going to replace her and face the massive job in front of them of rebuilding confidence in the Met.”
Cressida faced calls to quit in March 2021 as thousands of protesters chanted ‘shame on you’ outside Scotland Yard before marching to Parliament Square.
Officers were forced to erect barriers around the Metropolitan Police headquarters and the group of demonstrators, many holding placards aloft, spilled over on to the road next to the River Thames.
Sisters Uncut, an organisation that described itself as a feminist group took direct action for domestic and sexual violence services, said it would be holding the rally and many said they were failed by Dame Cressida.
Former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor, whose house was raided by officers from the Met’s failed Operation Midland launched in reaction to false allegations by jailed fantasist Carl Beech about a murderous VIP paedophile ring, said he was delighted by the news.
“It is now time to clean the Augean stables so that a full inquiry can be conducted on all her personal mistakes,” he said.
Campaign group Reclaim These Streets, which is bringing a legal challenge against the force over its handling of a Sarah Everard vigil, simply tweeted: “Good Riddance.”
Patsy Stevenson, who was arrested at the vigil, was pleased that Dame Cressida had gone.
“We need to focus as well on this not being a token gesture,” she said.
“This does not fix anything, and I just hope that whoever is in charge next understands that radical change needs to be implemented to fix the systemic issues within the Met.”
Meanwhile, Labour MP Dawn Butler tweeted: “I said Cressida Dick had to go. “I’m now pleased [Mayor of London] has accepted her resignation.
“The replacement must be committed to serious reform and building trust back into the Met.”
Meanwhile, colleagues and supporters of Dame Cressida condemned the way she was forced to resign, saying she was “much loved” across the force.
Speaking to the Politicalite the Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh said: “We are deeply saddened by the resignation of our commissioner.
“She was much loved across the rank and file of the Metropolitan Police Service.
“We feel the way she has been treated is wholly unfair and we did believe that she was the person who could take us through this and bring us out the other side.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson also praised the outgoing commissioner for serving with “great dedication and distinction over many decades”.
“I thank her for her role protecting the public and making our streets safer,” he said.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said Dame Cressida “held the role during challenging times” and “exemplified the increasingly diverse nature of our police” as the first woman to hold the post.
“She would be the first to say that she has held the role during challenging times; yet for nearly five years she has undertaken her duties with a steadfast dedication to protecting our capital city and its people, including during the unprecedented period of the pandemic,” Ms Patel said.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey also thanked her, but added “a change of leadership in the Met is long overdue”.
He also demanded that Mr Johnson “publicly recuse” himself over the appointment of her successor due to the ongoing Met investigation into parties held in No 10 during Covid restrictions.