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Line of duty: What does Cressida Dick really want?

The first female and first openly gay Metropolitan Police commissioner is known to be cool-headed. But with challenges coming from all political sides, will that last?

In April 2018, Tanesha Melbourne-Blake was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Tottenham. She was just 17 years old, and an hour before her death had been happily posting on Snapchat like any carefree teenager. Amid rising street violence in the capital, her murder was a traumatic moment for the community. David Lammy, the local Labour MP, invited Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, and Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, to meet her family and friends. Lammy recalls it being a “very tough” meeting. “The feelings were really raw, the young people were very angry, they didn’t feel safe.”

As one person after another expressed their anguish, Lammy watched the reactions of the two people responsible for preventing such crimes. “I remember looking across to Sadiq and there were tears rolling down his face, he was very moved and very upset by the meeting,” he tells me.…

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