London Mayor Sadiq Khan could lose police powers over a review

London’s Sadiq Khan may soon lose his influence on policing in the city – currently one of his main responsibilities – after a reviewer was told he should investigate how to rob the left-wing mayor of some of his powers.

The spotlight has once again fallen on leftist mayor Sadiq Khan’s record of law and order, with Home Affairs Minister Priti Patel saying in an independent review they should look into potentially taking away police powers. of the Labor Party politician.

While such a loss would undoubtedly be a blow to the progressive mayor, as responsibility for crime is one of his key competencies, it’s possible Londoners wouldn’t mourn it, given Khan’s poor record of crime reduction. in the British capital.

According to a report by The timesPatel ordered the review that will examine Khan’s powers shortly after the mayor “blinded” the home secretary by ousting former Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick over accusations of “misogyny” within her military.

Patel will now have to legally take into account Khan’s views on appointing a replacement for the dumped commissioner, who had recently been given a two-year contract extension from Patel.

The review will now examine what powers the Lord Mayor of London should have over local police, with the person leading the review focusing on whether the role of the Mayor should be reduced to mitigate the impact that politics has. on the head of the Met.

This move will reportedly infuriate officials in London, which is the latest blow in a now long-running feud between Patel and Khan.

What’s more, the pair were only recently at odds over the issue of marijuana decriminalization after the left-wing politician expressed a desire to see an inquiry into the legal status of cannabis in Britain.

Seemingly prompted by Khan’s “investigative mission” to a Los Angeles pottery shop, the leftist mayor has now vowed to fight for a drug decriminalization commission, saying it would help protect Londoners from drug-related crime.

One such call sparked a harsh response from Patel, who said Khan did not have the power to legalize such illegal drugs.

“Sadiq Khan’s time would be better spent on the knife and drug crime in London,” the home secretary said, taking a swipe at the mayor of London, while also saying that drugs are “ruining communities, tearing apart families and destroying lives.” destroy”. Khan does not have the authority to change the drug law but could order his city’s police not to enforce the rules, creating a de facto legalization.

While there was most likely a bit of venom in these words, Patel’s criticisms are not unfounded, as Khan presided over a significant increase in crime in London, with knife attacks in particular becoming endemic in the capital.

The problem has now gotten so bad that it has forced the head of the Interior Ministry to lift restrictions on controversial “Stop and Search” powers that allow police to search a person if they anticipate serious violence.

“No one should suffer the pain and suffering of the victims of these heinous crimes and we have a responsibility to them to do everything in our power to prevent future tragedies,” Patel said of the decision, which she hopes will help it will help reduce the number of stabbings in London and beyond.

“I fully support the police so that they can continue their work to reduce knife crime by making it easier for officers to use these powers to seize more weapons, arrest more suspects and save more lives,” she continued.

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