The Metropolitan Police Authority is in session and the Commissioner has told the Authority that 90% of the police staff who would normally be working in the Met’s emergency call centres, known as METCALL, have not turned up for work today as a result of the industrial action. Police officers have been drafted in to the call centres to deal with calls – although given the hi-tech nature of METCALL, the Commissioner is clearly worried that if they have his personal level of technological eptitude this is not an ideal situation.

No doubt Mayor Boris Johnson will use this as more ammunition in his campaign to outflank Prime Minister David Cameron from the ultra-right by calling for greater limitations on the right to strike

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