‘I’ve reviewed if I’m the right person to carry on’: Under-fire Met Police chief Cressida Dick considers her position ‘every few weeks’ as she faces calls to quit over series of scandals
- Dame Cressida Dick admitted to students at Westminster School last month that she considers resigning ‘every few weeks’ and regularly reviews her role
- She told students the trick to her job is ‘to be humble but personally confident’
Embattled Scotland Yard commissioner Dame Cressida Dick considers resigning ‘every few weeks’, she has revealed.
Dame Cressida has faced calls to quit over a succession of scandals and admitted she regularly reviews her performance in her £230,000-a-year role.
But in a careers talk at Westminster School last month, the Met’s top officer said she had never thought it necessary to resign.
She told students: ‘Every few weeks throughout my commissionership, I have sat down and reviewed whether I’m the right person to carry on.
Dame Cressida has faced calls to quit over a succession of scandals and admitted she regularly reviews her performance in her £230,000-a-year role
‘I just think that’s good practice. I think, the implicit thing in your question was, has there been one thing where I’ve gone away and thought, “Oh dear, I better resign”, or had a very serious conversation about “is now the time to resign?”
‘The answer to that is no, I haven’t. But I absolutely listen to what’s out there.
‘We live at the moment in what I call the age of outrage: A time where people can get very whipped up or fevered about lots of things, and where it’s very, very noisy, but the trick, I think, as any senior leader is – and I hope this doesn’t sound arrogant – the trick is to be humble but to be personally confident.
‘And I thank my mum and my school for helping me to be reasonably personally confident.
‘To have really good antennae, really good whiskers, nose, ears, touch, and listen all the time to what’s going on out there.’
According to The Spectator, one student claimed that later, at a drinks reception, Dame Cressida revealed she did not like investigating politicians, saying: ‘They’re mostly good people trying to improve the world and it would undermine public trust for them.’
But this exchange about the Partygate probe was denied by the force.