30 July 2008 | Jake Kanter
Sir Ian Blair, commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), faces an investigation over his involvement in the award of a consultancy contract in 2002.
The deal in question was agreed with management consultant Impact Plus, which is owned by Andy Miller. Miller is reported to be a close friend of Sir Ian Blair.
Following an internal audit, a professional standards sub-committee at the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) yesterday called on the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, to appoint an investigating officer to the matter. It is hoped they will discover if the commissioner's conduct in the procurement process met required standards.
Reshard Auladin, chair of the MPA sub-committee, said: "This decision [to ask the Home Secretary to make the appointment] does not imply any finding of wrongdoing by the commissioner, but is made to ensure that all the facts are independently and thoroughly investigated."
The MPS refused to comment while the investigation is "ongoing".