London mayor Sadiq Khan LAUGHS on Good Morning Britain when asked if he has confidence in Home Secretary Priti Patel and brands her ‘a big failure’ over the border quarantine system
- The Labour politician was interviewed on Good Morning Britain today
- Asked if he has confidence in Home Secretary’s ability to do the job
- His response was to stop and chuckle before laying into the senior minister
London mayor Sadiq Khan laughed at Priti Patel today as he tore into her record as Home Secretary.
The Labour politician was asked on Good Morning Britain whether he had full confidence in Ms Patel after she failed to back the head of the Metropolitan Police in an interview last week.
His response was to stop and chuckle before laying into the senior minister.
‘I don’t like to be discourteous or impolite to colleagues, even from other parties,’ he said.
‘I think Priti Patel’s track record as a Home Sec won’t be a great one in relation to what she’s not done to address some of the concerns we had around the hostile environment, I think she has not addressed the concerns we have got in relation to our borders, I think the quarantine policies have been a big failure and I don’t think she has given the police the resources they need.’
Mr Khan and Ms Patel have often clashed over policing in the capital. And last week she refused to back under-pressure Met Police chief Dame Cressica Dick as the UK’s top cop faced pressure over a botched probe into a VIP paedophile ring.
Last week the Home Secretary refused to back under-pressure Met Police chief Dame Cressica Dick as the UK’s top cop faced pressure over a botched probe into a VIP paedophile ring
The Labour politician was asked on Good Morning Britain whether he had full confidence in Ms Patel. His response was to laugh
In an LBC radio phone-in the Home Secretary was asked to back the commissioner over the Operation Midland investigation into senior politicians including Leon Brittan.
The former home secretary was one of the men falsely accused by now convicted fantasist Carl Beech – then known as ‘Nick’ – and died in January 2015 without knowing there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him.
The Met chief is facing calls to quit after Lady Brittan used a Daily Mail interview to attack a ‘culture of cover-up’ at the force.
But repeatedly questioned on LBC Radio whether she has confidence in the Scotland Yard supremo, Ms Patel responded: ‘I work with the commissioner.
‘The commissioner does a lot of great work and she oversees the largest police force in the country.
‘There are still questions, rightly so – some questions have been put to me today, actually, very publicly in newspapers, and it’s right that I also look at these questions.’
It was only after the uncomfortable grilling that a spokesman for the Home Secretary came out and gave the Commissioner her full backing.
The spokesman said: ‘As the Home Secretary said, she works with Cressida Dick every day. The Home Secretary has full confidence in her to do her job.’
Downing Street later said Boris Johnson joined the Home Secretary in having ‘absolute confidence’ in Dame Cressida.
A Number 10 spokesman said of the Met’s bungled investigation into false claims of a VIP sex abuse ring in Westminster: ‘This was a deeply concerning case and the PM’s thoughts are with Lady Brittan, her late husband (Leon Brittan) and others affected.
‘The Prime Minister has complete confidence in the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, as does the Home Secretary.
‘They are working together to reduce crime and protect the public from the threats posed by serious criminals, terrorism and the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Both the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary have absolute confidence in her as we work together with the police to make our streets safer.’
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