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This week, the Lords will consider the Government's proposals for directly elected crime and police commissioners – one person in each police force area who will set police budgets and priorities, and hire and fire chief constables. Lib Dem peers are threatening to delay the policy, putting down an amendment that will require pilot schemes before full implementation. Former commissioners of the Metropolitan Police, cross-benchers such as Lords Imbert, Condon and Stevens can be expected to speak against the proposals, arguing they will undermine the operational independence of chief constables. As a former senior police officer, I believe opposition to the Government's proposals are right but for the wrong reasons.

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I fell in love with a Norwegian man and was able to marry him in an intensely emotional ceremony in Oslo in January 2009.

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The Government will "listen very carefully" to Liberal Democrat demands for gay marriage to be legalised, equalities minister Lynne Featherstone said today.

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From national treasure to hate figure of the left, the Deputy Prime Minister must allay colleague's worries this week.

Sienna Miller set to sue 'News of the World' over phone hacking

The actress Sienna Miller is poised to become the latest litigant to join a growing queue of high-profile figures seeking damages from the publishers of the News of the World newspaper over the illegal hacking of voicemail messages.

Action launched over News of the World hacking row

The shadow Foreign Office minister Chris Bryant and former Scotland Yard deputy assistant commissioner Brian Paddick officially issued judicial review proceedings over the newspaper phone-hacking row yesterday.

Brian Paddick: Officers on restricted duties should be employed as civilians

It has always been an issue in the police service that those on "light duties" were taking the plum jobs, working 9-5 in a warm, dry office while their colleagues risked life, limb and pneumonia on the streets in all weathers. Yet the problem has become more acute in recent years.

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Following the conviction of the serial sex attacker Kirk Reid, Commander Mark Simmons, who was in charge of rape investigation at the Met at the time, said there was “no explanation” for what the trial judge described as “years of inadequate [police] work”. Well I believe there are possible explanations.

Chris Bryant: No way to appoint our noble lords

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