16 July 2009 | Jake Kanter
The former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Sir Ian Blair has been cleared of wrongdoing over the award of a consultancy contract in 2002.
An inquiry launched last year looked at a deal agreed with management consultant Impact Plus, which is owned by Andy Miller. Miller was reported to be a close friend of Sir Ian.
The 11-month inquiry by Sir Ronnie Flanagan was delivered to the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) in June. An MPA spokesman said the investigation found "no evidence" of dishonesty or criminal offence and it would take no further action on the matter.
But the MPA has refused to publish the findings of the probe. "At the meeting on Monday 13 July 2009 members of the sub-committee took the decision not to publish the final report. The MPA recognises the importance of 'lessons to be learned' arising from this investigation and until that work has been concluded has decided not to publish," it said.
In a media statement, Sir Ian said: "I can find no reason why the police authority, whom I served as commissioner and deputy commissioner for nine years, should refuse to publish a report which exonerates me entirely from allegations of wrongdoing."