Good sleuthing by Liberal Democrat Assembly Member Dee Doocey has brought to light the large sums the Met Police is spending on sending its officers on business class flights:
Figures show that Met officers took 1,497 business class flights in the last financial year at a cost to the taxpayer of £2,675,768.
A total of £44,000 was spent flying Met staff first class – mostly accompanying VIPs requiring constant police protection.
Officers flew first or business class to 77 destinations last year, including short-haul trips to Ireland, France and Austria.
Liberal Democrat Assembly member Dee Doocey today said the purchase of business class tickets for short-haul European flights was “indefensible”…
Baroness Doocey said: “Business class travel at a time when the Met is being forced to cut its budget by 25 per cent is outrageous.
“This is a grotesque waste of money and totally indefensible for short-haul flights to European destinations. It is also difficult to understand why so many Met officers need to travel business class on long-haul flights.”
She added: “The Met should ban these perks immediately and concentrate its resources instead on maintaining police officer numbers.” [Evening Standard]