Ed Miliband and Yvette Cooper are launching Labour’s ‘Crime and Justice manifesto’ this morning, yet for some strange reason there is no mention in the party’s press release of the man who did all the work. Labour’s top cop policy artichect was commissioned to carry out an “independent review of policing” in 2013, and when he published his findings Labour said they would spend “the next 12 months consulting on the report’s recommendations before setting out its plans in next year’s manifesto”. So where is he today?
Lord Stevens was last night placed under investigation over allegations of a cover-up in the Stephen Lawrence racist murder inquiry. Two years ago Cooper explained: “We asked Lord Stevens to lead the commission because we need a positive vision of policing for the 21st century”. Wonder what Labour peer Doreen Lawrence has to say about it all?
Statement from North Yorkshire Police:
“North Yorkshire Police has now completed its routine enquiries following the incident at Hawes involving Mr Jeremy Clarkson, and we will not be pursuing this matter any further.
North Yorkshire Police takes a thorough and victim-led approach to all investigations.
Last week, the person at the centre of the incident, Mr Tymon, said that he did not wish the police to take action on his behalf. However, at that point we still needed to speak to some members of the public who were present at the time of the incident, who had been affected by the event, and whose views also needed to be considered.
Now that all the interviews are complete, we have properly established that there is no need for further police action.”
The LibDem candidate fighting Gloria de Piero in Ashfield and Eastwood has quit after been arrested over historic allegations of child sex abuse. Jason Zadrozny is accused of:
“an allegation of buggery and gross indecency with a male under 16 between September 2003 and April 2004, sexual activity with a child between May 2004 and December 2007 and an allegation of meeting a child under 16 following sexual grooming from May 2004 and December 2007”
The Metropolitan Police are investigating the LibDems after their former chief fundraiser Ibrahim Taguri was filmed telling an undercover ‘donor’ “when you do this, the doors will open for you”. The Electoral Commission says they have passed on the evidence from the Telegraph/Dispatches sting to the fuzz:
“Based on the information that the Commission has seen, the alleged offence in this case centres on the potential evasion of restrictions on donations in contravention of section 61 of PPERA and is ultimately a criminal matter. As a result, the Commission has also passed the information that it has received to MPS who are aware of the allegations and are considering them…. Any decisions about what further steps to take at this stage in relation to potential evasion of restrictions on donations in either case rest with the Metropolitan Police Service.”
Will they be interviewing the Deputy Prime Minister?
Guido hears that suspended MEP Janice Atkinson was told by UKIP’s legal team this morning that there was nothing they could do for her and that she had better get criminal representation very quickly. Apparently Section 6 of the 2006 Fraud Act was the topic of breakfast discussion this morning…
Marie Rimmer, 68, is the Labour candidate defending Shaun Woodward’s 14,000 majority in St Helens South. She is also in court this morning accused of kicking a woman at a polling station.
Glasgow Sheriff Court - Marie Rimmer - Court 6
Rowdy Rimmer was charged with assaulting a Yes activist in Glasgow as Scots went to the polls in September. In a remarkable pre-campaign prophecy, Woodward praised Rimmer on her nomination as “a real fighter”. Will the voters boot her out in May?
Time to get this old graphic out again…
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