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city police now'
London Mayor Boris Johnson nises the force's work.
has become embroiled in a spat Within months he ousted Met
over who controls Scotland Commissioner Sir Ian Blair,
Yard. who had been strongly support-
One of his closest aides, deputy ed by Government ministers.
mayor for policing Kit In an interview with the
Malthouse, said his office had Guardian, Mr Malthouse said
"elbowed out" the Home Office. that previously the Yard had
Mr Malthouse said he and Mr tried to play off the MPA against
Johnson now have their "hands the Government, but the may-
on the tiller" of Britain's biggest oralty had now "decided to be
police force. more influential".
But the Home Office said the "We slightly elbowed the Home
claim is "incorrect" and warned Office out of the picture," he
against treating the police as a
Soon after taking office last
"The Met could look to either to
Meanwhile, former Home
year, Mr Johnson assumed the
get the answer it wanted (but)
Secretary David Blunkett
chair of the Metropolitan Police
you cannot have two captains on
accused the Tories of "danger-
Authority (MPA), which scruti-
PM responds to call for
a leaders' debate
Gordon Brown has responded to Sky's invitation to football and people were too busy campaigning, so
take part in a leaders' debate - saying he will discuss they fell by the wayside.
it at the time of an election. "I would advise Gordon Brown, if he's serious about
Tory leader David Cameron and Lib Dem leader debating 'all the time', to give a firm indication soon-
Nick Clegg have already said they will participate. er rather than later."
The Prime Minister said: "I'm happy to do debates The head of Sky News, John Ryley, has written to all
all the time, but we're not at the point of having an three party leaders telling them public faith in poli-
election. "When we get to that point this will be tics and politicians has been shaken.
something that we'll discuss." He urged that a debate during the forthcoming elec-
Sky's political editor Adam Boulton said: "The prob- tion campaign would offer a unique opportunity to
lem with Mr Brown's approach is that we are only, re-engage disillusioned voters.
at the most, nine months away from the General "There is a chance here, not just to do something that
Election, so most people are beginning to make has never been done, but to energise an electorate, to
preparations. reconnect with the millions of people who have been
"In previous years TV debates disappeared because alienated by politics and the way it is so often cov-
they were only discussed at the beginning of the ered, to achieve something that is truly democratic,"
campaign, when inevitably they became a political he wrote.
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