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'Resolve Blair affair' says Davis
Sir Ian Blair
Sir Ian Blair has been criticised over the shooting
Shadow home secretary David Davis has said the future of Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair must be resolved quickly.

But Mr Davis stressed he was not calling for Sir Ian's resignation.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating the shooting of a Brazilian man at a Tube station last July.

Mr Davis told BBC One's Sunday AM: "We need to resolve this... either exonerate him or replace him."

'Exonerate or replace'

Mr Davis said he would not make any judgement on Sir Ian's future until he knew all the facts.

"We need to resolve this and we cannot have this as a permanent Sword of Damocles hanging over the commissioner... either exonerate him or replace him, it's one of the other.

"You can't just leave as it is now. It needs to be resolved, frankly, within the next few weeks."

David Davis
Mr Davis says he is not calling for Sir Ian's resignation

Mr Davis had also written an article in The Sunday Telegraph saying public confidence in Sir Ian Blair is "bleeding away" after damaging leaks from the IPCC report into the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes in July 2005.

The inquiry centres on the aftermath of the shooting of Mr Menezes, who was mistaken for a suicide bomber, and will also look at the findings of an initial inquiry into the death of the Brazilian.

It is examining the progress of the original inquiry into the actual shooting which could determine if any criminal charges are to be brought against police.

A spokesman for the victim's family said it was an "outrage" that neither investigation had been finished.




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