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  Britain's top policeman resigns
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Last EditedNew Jerusalem  Oct 02, 2008 11:04am
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MediaTV News - British Broadcasting Corporation BBC News
News DateThursday, October 2, 2008 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionMetropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair has announced his resignation, blaming a lack of support from London mayor Boris Johnson.

Sir Ian said that "without the mayor's backing I do not think I can continue".

Mr Johnson, who took over as chairman of the police authority on Wednesday, praised his service but said the Met would benefit from "new leadership".

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said deputy commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson will take over as acting head of the Met.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Sir Ian had made a "huge personal contribution to the safety and security of our country".

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