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► Greater Manchester’s holier than thou Labour PCC Tony Lloyd recently jetted off to Rome on a publicly funded jaunt to meet the Pope. Tory former Wigan councillor Michael Winstanley told me: “What next, an audience with the Dalai Lama?” Mr Lloyd, who is also interim mayor of Greater Manchester, met the pontiff to discuss climate change and pledged “determined action”. His comments have raised the hackles of activists who clashed with police at the Barton Moss fracking site near Manchester in late 2014. Protesters carried banners urging police to “arrest the bloke with the drill”, but many were themselves handcuffed. As left wing news website Salford Star put it: “Many of those present at the anti-fracking protests in Salford might say to Lloyd: Where were you at Barton Moss?” Local paper Wigan Today reported: “Mr Lloyd is away in Singapore and did not respond specifically to Mr Winstanley’s critcism.”

► Hacks raised eyebrows when Greater Manchester Police’s media bods emailed them a press release containing the expletive “f**k”. The email was about an event at which a trans flag was hoisted above the force’s HQ in Moston Vale as part of an event to tackle transphobic hate crime. In an effort to cover all possible bases, the release contained a footnote stating: “Trans is an umbrella term that refers to all of the identities within the gender identity spectrum, to include (but not limited to) transgender, transsexual, transvestite, genderqueer, genderfluid, non-binary, genderfuck, genderless, agender, non-gendered, third gender, two-spirit, bigender, and trans man and trans woman.” Nice gesture, but why the coarse language? And is genderfuck even a “thing”?

► The redevelopment of the Met’s famous training centre in Hendon and surrounding land controversially sold to property developer Redrow in 2013 is continuing apace. But the force says it has no record of any crime impact assessment having been carried out when Redrow’s planning application to build tall blocks of flats was submitted to Barnet Council. This is surprising. Crime impact assessments are normally done ahead of major building projects like this. It is doubly curious as the new and smaller police training facility in Hendon is being surrounded by Redrow’s residential blocks – raising potential security concerns. In the past the facility has been ringed by brownfield wasteland that acted as a sort of buffer zone. When the council consulted residents about the development in 2014, some said they feared increased crime and associated problems would result from the project. Ironic indeed. The land was flogged off by the Mayors’ Office for Policing and Crime.

► Home Secretary Theresa May appeared before what chairman Keith Vaz referred to as the “spiced up” Home Affairs Select Committee in the first such event since the general election. “When you last came before the committee I didn’t think I’d be sitting here and I didn’t think you’d be sitting there,” Mr Vaz told Mrs May. “Déjà vu, chairman,” replied a slightly icy Mrs May. “We’ve got some new members of the committee to spice things up,” Mr Vaz announced, before proceeding to confuse the National Security Council with the National Crime Agency. Mrs May had been the Home Secretary for 1893 days, he calculated. The meeting also heard from top Met anti-terror cop Mark Rowley, who slapped down suggestions by his predecessor Bob Quick that would be jihadis should be allowed to quit Britain for good. “Generally speaking I agree with him,” Assistant Commissioner Rowley said, before correcting himself: “I don’t agree with him…I think it’s the wrong idea.”

► And finally, never let it be said that members of the House of Lords are ineffective. Baroness Angela Harris of Richmond, a distinguished advisor to the Police Federation, spoke recently at the tail end of a Lords debate about reforms described as “draconian” and designed to undermine the workings of the Fed. Baroness Harris told the house the Fed had called amendments to subscriptions “not appropriate”. She added: “However… I do not intend to call for a vote - there would not really be much point at this late hour.”