Don Foster MP


Don Foster responds to Sir Paul Stephenson’s resignation

July 18, 2023 by admin in News

Don Foster MP, the Liberal Democrat Media Spokesman has today said that the resignation of Sir Paul Stephenson as the Commissioner of Metropolitan Police now brings the position of Assistant Commissioner Jonathan Yates into further question.

Commenting Don Foster said, “Clearly this is yet another extraordinary development in the phone hacking saga. Even though he was widely recognised as an outstanding commissioner, Paul Stephenson’s position had become untenable. This resignation now brings the position of Jonathan Yates into further question.

“Paul Stephenson has acted honourably by resigning, but following his failure to reveal the News of the World connection and the employment of a former journalist, it was always going to flag up some serious concerns.

“The Met must act quickly and sensibly to find a replacement, especially ahead of the Olympics. I believe the Met will need to look outside of the organisation in order to appoint someone both untainted by recent allegations and able to secure public confidence.