‘You wanted him gone’ Hardpressed Khan left squirming over Met Commissioner’s resignation

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The London Mayor appeared less than thrilled when LBC’s James O”Brien challenged him over whether or not he had wanted Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to leave his post. 

During the interview, Mr Khan was hard pressed to answer why the Commissioner had resigned after five years, despite expressing a desire to continue as the head of Scotland Yard.

The Met Police chief announced his retirement last month, and speaking to LBC Mr Khan insisted it was Sir Bernard”s decision to leave his post.

The Labour politician said: “He decided that he did want to serve another four years and you”ve got to respect his decision. He”s going at the end of February.”

O”Brien pressed the issue by responding: “With respect, he”d previously made it pretty clear he was hoping to be in a job for longer. 

“Very shortly after you becoming Mayor, the head of the Met is moving on.”

As hard-pressed Mr Khan continued to insist he wanted Sir Bernard to stay on as Commissioner, the radio host asked: “So you failed to hang on to him then?”

Sir Bernard will remain in his post until February 2017 to allow the Home Secretary and Mayor of London to appoint a successor.

Announcing his retirement, the 58-year-old said: “It has been a great privilege to be the Met”s Commissioner. I have loved my time in the role and I have loved being a police officer. 

“It”s the most rewarding of jobs to protect good people and lock up the bad guys.” 

Sir Bernard had been expected to remain in the role until at least September next year.