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Under-fire police chief Cressida Dick backed by PM for new term

Sadiq Khan grilled on Cressida Dick's position following report

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Boris Johnson’s spokesman said the under-fire commissioner “continues to have the PM’s full confidence”. Sadiq Khan also gave her his support. He said: “We have the finest police service in the world.”

London’s Mayor was speaking shortly before the Prince OFWALEs made Ms Dick, 60, a Dame Commander yesterday.

She said: “I’m receiving it on behalf of all my hardworking colleagues who have, over 40 years, given me massive support and been brilliant.”

She added: “It’s a real privilege to be doing my job, I’m very happy.”

She has faced criticism recently, including claims of heavy-handed police tactics at the vigil for murdered Sarah Everard.

At the ceremony at St James’s Palace, Prince Charles knighted NHS chief executive Simon Stevens for his services to the NHS in England.

He also awarded an OBE to food writer and chef Nigel Slater.

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