I am the Vice Chairman of the sub-committee which commissioned the report and I was at the meeting on the 13th of July where we discussed it. I wanted to make our position on this issue clear, this is the formal response to Sir Ian's statement:
Following a press statement by Sir Ian Blair earlier this evening the Metropolitan Police Authority issued a preliminary response. The Authority had previously regarded the consideration of the report prepared by Sir Ronnie Flanagan as an exempt piece of business. The Authority now wishes it to be made explicit that its decision, as recorded in the minutes of its exempt meeting, does not amount to an exoneration of Sir Ian Blair's conduct. In particular the sub committee did not accept the third conclusion reached by Sir Ronnie Flanagan that:"There is no basis upon which police misconduct proceedings could be recommended against anyone involved in this investigation. It should be noted that this conclusion has nothing whatever to do with Sir Ian Blair's decision to retire. It would apply with equal force, should he still be serving."In reaching this decision the Authority wishes to make it clear that the sub committee were only considering the conduct of Sir Ian Blair. It did however conclude that in respect of the investigation of the conduct of Sir Ian Blair the matter was now closed. Further work will be commissioned to analyse the report and reflect on lessons to be learnt for both organisations. When that work is complete the prospect of publishing the report, possibly redacted, will be re considered.