Scotland Yard will review the Maddie case
•Friday, 13, May 2011 02:10
By politics.co.uk staff
Downing Street has responded cautiously to claims that it is politicising the police by demanding the Met review the Madeleine McCann case.
In a sign of unease at the way the case has shot back into the headlines, critics suggested that it was inappropriate for the Theresa May to interfere in what should be a police matter.
"It was done, yes, at the request of the home secretary but it has been agreed by the Metropolitan police commissioner," the prime minister's spokesman said this morning.
"It's not direction. It's a request."
Lord Harris of Haringey, a member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, told PoliticsHome he had concerns about the instructions from the Home Office.
"It raises very big questions about political direction of the police," he said.
This afternoon, Labour confirmed it supported the decision to review the case.
"We fully back Kate and Gerry McCann's request for information in Madeleine's case to be reviewed," shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said.
The case was reopened after Kate and Gerry McCann appealed for help from the prime minister to help find their daughter.
"The expertise of the Metropolitan police is renowned and we are reassured by our government's commitment to the search for Madeleine," they said.
"We would like to thank Mr Cameron and the home secretary for committing such a significant resource as the Metropolitan police to begin this review process.
one political figure is moved by the sad story (and the number of sentimental votes it will bring) jumps in to help without doing his homework. Now he/they can't back out without looking extremely callous, stupid and what all not. There you have the reason to white wash the whole thing.
The McCanns have the instinct of a couple of street kids to abuse this weakness in people. Plus they are absolutely shameless sociopaths who have no qualms about abusing anyone they think might be useful, being it a PM or a 12 yr old in Australia.
"And if Madeleine had hurt herself inside the apartment, why would that be our fault?" Gerry
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