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18th July 2011
Following a call by a member of the MET Police Authority, meeting as I write, for John Yates to resign, some say that his resignation is “quite likely”. However, there are “eleventh hour battles” to keep him in place.
Before I go on can I say that I am a supporter of our Police. I admire them greatly and I even have a member of the force in the family.
Yates said that he has done nothing wrong and tells a Sky News broadcaster to “give me break”.
I would have more sympathy with this if he had given Tony Blair and his colleagues a break over the 19 months in which he and the media pursued them over “cash for honours”. In the end there were no charges put. This CPS decision was not announced until after Mr Blair had left office. And AFTER he had become the first PM ever to be questioned by Police. Not questioned once, not twice, but three times!
After this failure, waste of time and money, there was also no apology from Yates. Indeed he seemed to imply that the Criminal Prosecution Service had let him down by not charging anyone.
Some of us will always remember that sorry episode and its debilitating effect on government and reputations over Tony Blair’s last 19 months as PM.
Meanwhile, another hour – another crisis – the Serious Fraud Office has opened a new inquiry, Rebekah Brooks will appear at the Select Committee tomorrow and …? Roll on this afternoon.
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The Met Police Assistant Commissioner John Yates has been recalled to give evidence to Home Affairs Committee tomorrow. It seems Rebekah Brooks will appear at the Culture and Media Committee tomorrow, separately from the Murdochs.
According to this BBC report John Yates has no intention of resigning.
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