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Yates must go” – Dee Doocey exposes News International and Met Police’s cosy relationship

July 12, 2011 8:35 PM
By Helen Duffett in Liberal Democrat Voice
Originally published by East Midlands Liberal Democrats

A Freedom of Information Request has revealed that the then Met Deputy Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman and Assistant Commissioner John Yates had lunches and dinners with News of the World and executives of News International while investigating alleged criminal allegations against the News of the World.

Dee Doocey, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly policing spokesperson and member of the Metropolitan Police Authority said:

"Such a cosy relationship between the News of the World, News International and senior Met police officers who were leading an inquiry into the News of the World phone hacking allegations goes to the very heart of the problems that have arisen."

Tomorrow Doocey will call on the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to support her call for John Yates' resignation at Mayor's Question Time at City Hall. She said,

"It is shameful that John Yates found time to have five lunches with the News of the World and News International, but after just a few hours decided there was no additional evidence to justify a further investigation into phone hacking.

"John Yates has failed literally hundreds of victims of phone hacking. While he remains in post as Assistant Commissioner of the Met its reputation will not recover.

"He must take responsibility for this pitiful review and accept that he has lost all credibility. It is time for him to go."