Sunday 23rd December 2012 | 16:51
David Hanson: It is vital that a full investigation gets to the bottom of this extremely serious issue surrounding what happened at the gates of Downing Street and in the days after as soon as possible
David Hanson MP, Labour's Shadow Policing Minister said:
"It is vital that a full investigation gets to the bottom of this extremely serious issue surrounding what happened at the gates of Downing Street and in the days after as soon as possible.
"The Prime Minister and the Cabinet Secretary should have established a credible investigation at the start, as we urged them to.
"It remains a concern that by treating this simply as a media handling issue, Number 10 and the Cabinet Office have made this much worse.
"At the moment the IPCC is overseeing the serious investigation into the account of a supposed eyewitness, but someone needs to establish the course of events in Downing Street too. The IPCC should be able to follow the evidence wherever it takes them. For instance why was this email from someone purporting to be an eyewitness not checked against the CCTV or given to the police months ago so they could investigate?
"In addition, given the current pressures on the IPCC, they will need to set out clearly their involvement and capacity to pursue this investigation fully, to ensure it is independent and wide ranging enough. We have raised concerns before about the powers, remit and resources of the IPCC and have called for the establishment of a Police Standards Authority to robustly look into allegations against the police."