The Metropolitan Police Authority is in session and Deputy Mayor Kit Malthouse AM is in the Chair.  Sir Paul Stephenson, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, is answering questions on his report and he has taken the opportunity to say:

“Phrases like ‘front-line policing’ are designed to mislead.”

He is clearly refreshed by his period away and ready to take on the Home Office, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Ministers, Shadow Ministers and plenty of others – all of whom have used the phrase in recent months.

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