Responding to Home Office Minister Victoria Atkins’ comments on the Marr show on Sunday, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:
“People want Ministers to act decisively, not play for time waiting for reports. It’s already crystal clear that what happened last night was a complete tactical and moral failure by the Met police.
“Cressida Dick has lost the confidence of women in London and she must now resign.
“The horrific murder of Sarah Everard has left millions of women angry and in grief.
“They deserved the opportunity to collectively grieve in a peaceful open air vigil.
“Yet from start to finish the Met Police got this wrong. They refused to cooperate with organisers trying to put on a Covid-safe event. Then used inappropriate and disproportionate force against women standing peacefully in a park.
“The Home Secretary must act now.”