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Home Affairs Committee


The former boss of the Metropolitan Police told the Home Affairs Committee on 8 December 2009 that Boris Johnson was wrong to sack him.

Sir Ian Blair stepped down in the summer of 2008 after the Mayor of London withdrew his support.

As part of the ongoing inquiry into the government's response to the 2005 July 7th London bombings, he told MPs that not enough government ministers regularly attend simulated terrorist attacks.

Also giving evidence to the committee was the Metropolitan Police's former anti-terrorism boss, Andy Hayman, who said he had concerns about the government's emergency planning system, known as Cobra.

Mr Hayman was criticised following the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell tube station in London in the weeks following the 7/7 attacks.

A report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission found "inconsistencies" between what Mr Hayman had told a crime reporters' briefing and a Metropolitan Police Authority management meeting on the day of the shooting.

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