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Met rejects Blair 'revolt' claim
Sir Ian Blair
Scotland Yard said Sir Ian has "overwhelming support"
Scotland Yard has dismissed newspaper claims its commissioner Sir Ian Blair is facing a coup by senior officers.

The Daily Mirror reported more than 140 "leading" Metropolitan Police officers believed the force's chief should quit.

Sir Ian has come under fire recently for comments on the Soham murders and dealings in the aftermath of the mistaken shooting of a Brazilian man.

Deputy Commissioner Paul Stephenson said he had his "full backing" and the "overwhelming support" of senior staff.

In a statement, Mr Stephenson said: "I do not believe this story to be true."

MPs' vote

According to the Daily Mirror, Sir Ian met Home Secretary Charles Clarke on Monday for "talks about his future".

But Mr Stephenson said the commissioner did not hold any meetings with the Home Office during the day.

Last week Sir Ian apologised to the parents of Soham victims Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

The Commissioner... has my full backing and the overwhelming support of his senior colleagues.
Paul Stephenson
Deputy Commissioner

He has been criticised by campaigners and some Metropolitan Police Authority members and media representatives over the episode.

He said his comments that "almost nobody" understood why it became such a big story, had not meant to diminish the significance of a "dreadful crime".

The remarks came during a police authority meeting and after he suggested race impacted on the agenda of news reports.

Sir Ian has also faced pressure on other issues.

His remarks after Jean Charles de Menezes was shot dead by officers who mistook him for a suicide bomber, are the subject of an Independent Police Complaints Commission inquiry.

He was also accused of being too politicised after lobbying MPs ahead of a vote on holding terrorism suspects for 90 days without charge.

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