Brian Paddick

Brian Paddick

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name = Brian Paddick

birth_name = Brian Leonard Paddick
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known_for = Being Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London in London mayoral election, 2008, and formerly UK's most senior openly gay police officer
education = BA (The Queen's College, Oxford); MBA (Warwick); postgraduate Diploma in Policing and Applied Criminology (Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge)
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Brian Paddick (born 24 April 1958) is a British politician, and was the Liberal Democrat candidate for the London mayoral election, 2008, coming third behind Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone. He was, until his retirement in May 2007, Deputy Assistant Commissioner in London's Metropolitan Police Service and the United Kingdom's most senior openly gay police officer.

Paddick joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1976. Rising through the ranks, he was appointed the officer in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Notting Hill in 1995, then returned to New Scotland Yard, first as Superintendent of the Personnel Department in 1996 and then as Chief Superintendent in 1997. In December 2000 he was appointed Police Commander for the London Borough of Lambeth where he worked until 2002.

In the latter capacity, Paddick attracted controversy by instructing his police officers not to arrest or charge people found with cannabis so that they could focus on crimes that were affecting the quality of life in the borough to a greater extent. The situation worsened when "The Mail on Sunday" published a false story by Paddick's former partner that, among other things, he had used cannabis and was an anarchist. In late 2002 the Crown Prosecution Service decided that no charges would be brought against him, and in December 2003 Paddick and the "Mail on Sunday" settled legal proceedings brought by him, with the newspaper accepting that the story was false, apologising, and paying damages.

In April 2005 Paddick took over management of Territorial Policing across all 32 London Boroughs. During the investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) into the wrongful shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell Tube station on 22 July 2005, Paddick stated that a member of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Sir Ian Blair's private office team had believed the wrong man had been targeted just six hours after the shooting. This allegation was contradicted by New Scotland Yard. On 28 March 2006, Paddick accepted a statement from the Metropolitan Police that it "did not intend to imply" a senior officer had misled the probe into the shooting and that "any misunderstanding is regretted".

However, following the disagreement, Paddick was assigned the position of group director of information management at New Scotland Yard, which he considered a "non-job". He came to accept that his police career was over, and retired from the police force on 31 May 2007. On 13 November 2007 it was announced that Paddick had been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London in the mayoral elections to be held on 1 May 2008. He came third behind Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone, with 9.8% of first preference votes.

Family, early years and education

The grandson of a policemancite web|title=Biography|url=|publisher=lambeth4paddick|accessdate=2007-09-22] and the son of Anthony Henry J. Paddick and Evelyn Perken,cite web|title= [Family tree showing relationship between Hugh William Paddick and Brian Leonard Paddick] |url=|publisher=GTP Web|accessdate=2007-10-01] Brian Paddick was born on 24 April 1958 in Balham in London, England, and spent his early years in Mitcham and Tooting Bec.cite web|title=About Brian|url=|publisher=BrianPaddick4London|date=2007-09-09|accessdate=2007-09-22] He was educated at Bec Grammar School in Tooting Bec, and at Sutton Manor High School (now Sutton Grammar School), in Sutton.cite news|last=Dodd|first=Vikram|title=The Guardian Profile : Brian Paddick|url=,,1095211,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2003-11-28] He went on to take a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at The Queen's College, Oxford and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick (1989–1990) on police scholarships; and also studied for a postgraduate Diploma in Policing and Applied Criminology at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. When he was at Oxford, he was Captain of the University Swimming Team and Vice-Captain of his college's rugby team.

Police career

Paddick joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1976, living in Highbury and Limehouse while he worked for four years as a Constable in Holloway. Rising through the ranks, he served as a response team officer, community officer, detective, and as a member of the Territorial Support Group (commonly referred to as the TSG or riot squad). Paddick was a sergeant on the front line during the 1981 Brixton riot, [cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|title=Trials and Errors of Controversial Cop : How Onslaught by Critics Took its Toll of Ambitious Gay Police Chief|url=,4273,4376924,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-03-19] an experience which shaped his attitudes about confrontational police action and strengthened his belief in community policing. ["The Battle for Brixton", an April 2006 BBC2 documentary.] He was appointed Inspector in Fulham in 1983, Chief Inspector of the Personnel Department of New Scotland Yard in 1986, a staff officer in 1991, and Chief Inspector in Brixton in 1993. During this period, he also worked in Deptford, Lewisham, Thornton Heath (where his brother was the local vicar) and Notting Hill while living in Sutton, Pimlico and Westminster, and for a while outside London. In 1995, Paddick became the officer in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Notting Hill and was responsible for policing the Notting Hill Carnival.

Paddick returned to New Scotland Yard, first as Superintendent of the Personnel Department in 1996 and then as Chief Superintendent in 1997. He then served as Borough Commander for Merton for two and a half years (1997–1999), responsible for policing Wimbledon, Mitcham and Merton. After attending the Police Staff College in 2000, in December 2000 he was appointed Police Commander for the London Borough of Lambeth where he worked until 2002, fulfilling his ambition of becoming head of policing in Brixton. At Lambeth he had direct responsibility for 940 police officers and 230 support staff, and an annual budget of £37 million.

After a stint in the Specialist Crime Directorate, which deals with serious cases such as murder, kidnap and fraud, Paddick returned to borough-based policing, overseeing the northwest London boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, and Islington between 2002 and 2003. He was also responsible for youth and community issues including Police Community Support Officers and police volunteers across the whole of London.

In November 2003 Paddick was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner, and in April 2005 he took over management of Territorial Policing across all 32 London Boroughs, with responsibility for 20,000 police officers and support staff. He was accountable for reducing "volume crime" in London (all offences up to and including rape in terms of seriousness) and increasing the number of offenders brought to justice. He was the national lead for the police service on disability and mental health issues for a year and a half. He was also in the media spotlight as the senior Metropolitan Police Service spokesman for the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and after the 7 July 2005 London bombings.

Following a widely-publicised disagreement with Sir Ian Blair, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, over the wrongful shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell Tube station on 22 July 2005, Paddick was assigned the position of group director of information management, which he considered a "non-job". Claiming that the Home Office had intervened for political reasons to ensure that Blair would not have to resign over the incident as it had occurred in the aftermath of 21 July 2005 London bombings, Paddick says he came to accept that his police career was over and that he would never achieve his goal of becoming a chief constable.cite news|last=Moss|first=Stephen|title=The Man Who Would be Mayor print version: Out But Not Down|url=,,2171412,00.html|publisher="The Guardian (g2)"|date=2007-09-18|pages=12–15]

Paddick retired from the police force on 31 May 2007, and is currently a Visiting Fellow of Ashridge Business School near Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire, where he lectures on leadership, change management and diversity.

Press controversy

In 2001, as Commander for the London Borough of Lambeth, Paddick started to make postings on London web discussion forum Urban75. According to Paddick's autobiography, he had initially contacted Urban75 as part of an Internet campaign against the Brixton-based Movement For Justice By Any Means Necessary (MFJ) which was campaigning for justice after the police killing of local Derek Bennett. [cite news|title=Brixton violence 'against racist police'|url=|publisher=BBC News|date=2001-07-21] He also attacked MFJ chairperson Alex Owolade who was subsequently sacked from his employment with Lambeth London Borough Council. [cite book|last=Paddick|first=Brian|title=Line of Fire|location=London|publisher=Simon & Schuster|date=2008|isbn=1847371744|page=152] Fact|date=March 2008

At around this time, the national press also began coverage of the pilot cannabis programme in Brixton where officers were instructed not to arrest or charge people who were found to be in possession of cannabis. They were instead to issue on-the-spot warnings and confiscate the drugs. Although Paddick is credited with the idea, the pilot programme was sanctioned by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis, Sir John Stevens.

Paddick asserts that he implemented the policy because he wanted his officers to deal with cannabis quickly and informally so that they could concentrate on heroin and crack cocaine offences, and street robbery and burglary, which were affecting the quality of life in Lambeth to a greater extent. " [P] olice officers said they weren't prepared any longer to drop cannabis down the drain because one of their colleagues had been arrested by internal investigators apparently for doing just that. They were going to arrest everybody they found even with the smallest amount of cannabis. I couldn't have allowed that to happen. They would have been doing nothing else."

Concentrating on Paddick, it accused him of being soft on drugs. The policy became a source of public controversy and debate. The situation worsened when "The Mail on Sunday" published a false story by his former partner, James Renolleau, that Commander Paddick had used cannabis himself. They also highlighted his homosexuality as a matter of concern, and claimed he was an anarchist based on a comment he had made on Urban75 in January 2002. [See cite web|author="Brian" (Brian Paddick)|title= [Message posted on Urban75 by Brian Paddick] |url=|publisher=Urban75|date=2002-01-12|accessdate=2007-09-22] In fact, he had written that "the concept of anarchy has always appealed to me", but that he was "not sure everyone would behave well if there were no laws and no system." [cite news|title=Police Chief Rebuked over 'Anarchy' Remark|url=|publisher=BBC News|date=2002-03-11 See also cite news|last=Paddick|first=Brian|title=Paddick : Some Police Officers are Thugs|url=|publisher="The Daily Mirror" (reproduced on Urban75)|date=2002-05-14]

Following the controversy, Paddick was transferred to an intelligence position and the allegations were investigated by the Crown Prosecution Service. His transfer led to public rallies in Lambeth in his support. The CPS decided in late 2002 that no charges would be brought. In November 2003, Paddick was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Territorial Policing. In a December 2003 out-of-court settlement, the "Mail on Sunday" accepted that their story was false, apologised, and paid damages. [cite news|title=Newspaper Pays Damages to Officer|url=|publisher=BBC News|date=2003-12-19]

The situation did, however, encourage the British government to re-evaluate its policies with regard to drugs, and a change in the law to decriminalise cannabis from a class B to a class C drug was suggested. Subsequently the law was altered in February 2004. [See Legality of cannabis#United Kingdom.]

In September 2007 Paddick commented: "I always felt like a fish out of water in the police, not just on gay issues but generally. I was a very counter-cultural senior officer. I'm very non-hierarchical and got into trouble for insisting on people calling me by my first name. I was trying to effect the most difficult change there is in an organisation, which is a change of culture – to try to make it more liberal, more understanding of difference."

Jean Charles de Menezes

After the 21 July 2005 London bombings and the subsequent police shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes on 22 July 2005 at the Stockwell Tube station in London, Paddick met with Stockwell community leaders. Kate Hoey, Member of Parliament for Stockwell, had requested the meeting to help reassure local residents.

Paddick was quoted by the BBC as stating, "It was a very calm meeting. People were very understanding of the circumstances that these officers found themselves in. We expressed our sympathy to the family of the person who was tragically killed. It was a very measured meeting, but a very positive meeting." He would not promise that a similar tragedy would never happen again, but he stated it was not likely. [cite news|title=Met's Paddick in Stockwell Visit|url=|publisher=BBC News|date=2005-07-24]

In March 2006 it was revealed that Paddick had consulted libel lawyers in connection with statements issued by Scotland Yard. In verbal and written statements to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) on their investigations into the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, he had stated that a member of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Sir Ian Blair's private office team believed the wrong man had been targeted just six hours after the shooting. This was contrary to statements made at the time.

When this allegation became public following an unauthorised disclosure, Scotland Yard issued a statement claiming that the officer alleged to have believed this [Paddick] "has categorically denied this in his interview with, and statement to, the IPCC investigators". The statement continued that they "were satisfied that whatever the reasons for this suggestion being made, it is simply not true". Paddick's interpretation of this statement was that it accused him of lying. [cite news|title=Menezes Claim Sparks Libel Talks|url=|publisher=BBC News|date=2006-03-17]

On 28 March 2006, Paddick accepted a statement from the Metropolitan Police that it "did not intend to imply" a senior officer had misled the probe into the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said "any misunderstanding is regretted" and that Paddick had accepted its "clarification" and considered the matter closed. [cite news|title=Met Police 'Regret' Menezes Claim|url=|publisher=BBC News|date=2006-03-28]

In a lengthy interview with Paddick published in "The Daily Telegraph" on 17 November 2007 detailing his thinking on becoming London Mayor, he made a revealing comment possibly connected with difficulties that have arisen because of the de Menezes killing: "Policing is a dangerous job, we should trust the professional judgement of officers on the front line. We shouldn't prosecute them or their bosses if they decide to put their lives on the line for the public." [cite news|last=Sylvester|first=Rachel|coauthors=Alice Thomson|title=Brian Paddick : 'Why I want to be mayor' print version: 'I know how to make Londoners feel safe'|url=|publisher="The Daily Telegraph"|date=2007-11-17 (online version updated 2007-11-18)|page=23] In addition, on 26 November 2007 in "The Independent" Paddick was asked if Commissioner Ian Blair should have resigned over the de Menezes case. His response was: "Yes. The public allows the police to use force on the understanding that someone will be held to account if something goes wrong. An innocent man was killed by the police and in the absence of any individual officer being held to account, the person at the top should take responsibility." [cite news|title=Brian Paddick: You ask the questions|url=|publisher="The Independent"|date=2007-11-26]

Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London election 2008

In August 2006 it was reported by "The Observer"'s 'Pendennis' column that Paddick was considering seeking selection as the Liberal Democrats' candidate for Mayor of London in the mayoral elections to be held in 2008. [cite news|last=Marris|first=Oliver|title=Pendennis : Who's a Busy Boy?|url=,,1859227,00.html|publisher="The Observer"|date=2006-08-27] This was confirmed a year later by the BBC. [cite news|title=Ex-Met Officer may Run for Mayor|url=|publisher=BBC News|date=2007-08-11] He received an endorsement from Lynne Featherstone MP, a former member of the London Assembly, on her blog. [cite web|last=Featherstone|first=Lynne|authorlink=Lynne Featherstone|title=Don't Vote for Me!|url=|publisher=Lynne's Parliament and Haringey Diary|date=2007-08-02|accessdate=2007-09-22]

On 2 September 2007, Paddick informed "Pink News" of some of his priorities if elected mayor. On illegal drugs, he reiterated that they are "dangerous and harmful and it is better if people live without them", but that he had a "realistic approach" to enforcement and would not be afraid of adopting a "radical solution if it's fully thought through, if it's workable, affordable and gets the right result". He promised to regulate the timings of London's buses and to apply the London congestion charge in a more sophisticated manner that differentiated wealthy chauffeur-driven chief executives from delivery drivers. As regards the 2012 Summer Olympics to be held in London, he pledged to ensure that "the best possible show" would be staged with "value for money for every single pound spent". [cite news|title=Gay Former Police Chief, Brian Paddick, Finally Admits He will be Candidate for London Mayor|url=|publisher="Pink News"|date=2007-09-02] In addition, in a leaflet released on his campaign website on 10 September, he pledged to "put more police officers, fully trained, equipped and with the necessary powers out on the street, dealing with violent gun and knifecrime", to take the lead in tackling climate change and minimizing the impact on theenvironment by powering the London Underground with renewable energy, and to provide the right environment for business without interfering in businesses. [cite web|last=Eagling|first=Russell|title=Brian Paddick : The Experience to Deliver leaflet|url=|publisher=BrianPaddick4London|date=2007-09-11|accessdate=2007-09-22]

On 13 November 2007 it was announced that Paddick had been selected as the Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London. [cite web|title=Brian Paddick – Serious about London|url=|date=2007-11-13|accessdate=2007-11-13 cite news|last=Carlin|first=Brendan|title=Brian Paddick is Lib Dem London candidate|url=|publisher="The Daily Telegraph"|date=2007-11-14] He won 73% of the first preference votes during the selection contest. [cite web|title=Paddick Lib Dem mayoral hopeful|url=|publisher=BBC News|date=2007-11-13] Paddick joined, among others, Ken Livingstone as the Labour candidate and Conservative Party candidate Boris Johnson. However, a poll conducted by "The Guardian" and ICM published on 3 April 2008 found that Paddick was only the first choice of 10% of voters. He therefore had little chance of winning, as 42% supported Johnson and 41% Livingstone. [cite news|last=Glover|first=Julian|title=Johnson v Livingstone: It's now on a knife-edge|url=|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2008-04-03] The poll was borne out by the results of the elections on 1 May 2008. On 3 May it was announced that Boris Johnson had been elected. Paddick was in third place behind Ken Livingstone, with 9.8% (236,685 out of 2,415,958) of the first preference votes. [cite news|title=Johnson wins London mayoral race|url=|publisher=BBC News|date=2008-05-03]

Personal life

Since childhood, Paddick had known he was gay, but between 1983 and 1988 he was married to Mary Stone in what he called "a genuine attempt to live as a straight man" – "It's what my faith as a Christian expected of me. It's what my parents expected of me. It's what the police service expected of me. Mary was a very beautiful and charming woman. It was a genuine attempt to try and deny my sexuality and to 'do the right thing'."cite news|author=Cole Moreton|title=Brian Paddick: Truth, lies and happy pills|url=|publisher="The Independent"|date=2008-04-13] According to Paddick, it was "a fairly conventional marriage" and his former wife said it was "a wonderful marriage". She did not know he was gay. He struggled with his sexuality until towards the end of his marriage in 1988: "I learned the lesson about being yourself before that, and being open about my sexuality was the last piece in the jigsaw. I wasn't open about my sexuality until I was a commander." A November 2003 profile in "The Guardian" noted: "Mr Paddick is relaxed enough to laugh at himself and told a gay magazine: 'My last staff officer got promoted and went to royalty protection. In his leaving card I wrote, "Same job, different Queen".'" Paddick presently lives in Vauxhall, London, with his long-term partner Petter Belsvik, a civil engineer from Oslo, Norway; they met in a bar while on holiday in Ibiza. They plan to marry in Oslo in January 2009. [cite news|author=Brian Paddick|title=My big gay Norwegian wedding|url=|work=The Mail on Sunday|date=15 September 2008 See also cite news|author=Tony Grew|title=Mayoral candidate is planning civil partnership|url=|publisher="Pink News"|date=2008-04-18 cite news|author=Helen Nugent|title=Brian Paddick: I could work with Boris but I couldn’t trust Ken|url=
publisher=The Times"|date=2008-04-22

In 2007, Paddick was ranked number 83 in the annual Pink List of 100 influential gay and lesbian people in Britain published by "The Independent on Sunday". [cite news|title=The Pink List 2007: The "IoS" annual celebration of the great and the gay|url=|publisher="The Independent on Sunday"|date=2007-05-06]

Paddick is a second cousin once removed of British actor Hugh Paddick. [See also cite web|title=Paddick One-Name Study|url=|publisher=Guild of One-Name Studies|date=2007-02-18|accessdate=2007-09-21]



*cite news|last=Dodd|first=Vikram|title=The Guardian Profile : Brian Paddick|url=,,1095211,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2003-11-28
*cite news|title=Brian Paddick's CV|url=,,2066404,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2006-04-27
*cite web|title=About Brian|url=|publisher=BrianPaddick4London|date=2007-09-09|accessdate=2007-09-22

Further reading


*cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|title=Met to Try a Softer Line on Cannabis|url=,,464228,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2001-03-28
*cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|title=Police Face the Truth about Cannabis : The Scotland Yard Chief who Wants New Terms of Engagement in the War against Drugs Speaks for Many Colleagues|url=,,464568,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2001-03-28
*cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|title=Yard Relaxes Approach to Cannabis Offences|url=,,507385,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-06-15
*cite news|title=Met Begins New Drugs Scheme|url=,,515812,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2001-07-02
*cite news|last=Travis|first=Alan|title=Decriminalisation is Far from Lambeth|url=,,515831,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2001-07-21
*cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|title=Offbeat Copper : Brian Paddick is on the Front Line in the War against Guns and Drugs. But He has a More Personal Battle to Fight – being Gay in a Macho Police Force|url=,,543265,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2001-08-28
*cite news|last=Travis|first=Alan|title=Police Chief : Cocaine OK at Weekends : Police Chief Turns Blind Eye to Weekend Cocaine Users|url=,,602969,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2001-11-21
*cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|title=Police Chief Faces Music over Outburst on Website|url=,,653066,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-02-20
*cite news|title=Urban Cool : We Need more Police Officers like Paddick leader|url=,,653490,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-02-21
*cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|title=Rebuke for 'Anarchy' Police Chief|url=,,665797,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-03-12
*cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|Police Chief Faces Inquiry over Tabloid Tale of Cannabis Smoking with Boyfriend|url=,,669325,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-03-18
*cite news|last=Aitkenhead|first=Decca|title=He's Our Kind of Cop|url=,,669182,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-03-18
*cite news|title=Brixton Police Chief Moved from Post|url=,,669609,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-03-18
*cite news|title=A Decent Troublemaker : Paddick's Views Will Stand the Test of Time leader|url=,,670000,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-03-19
*cite news|title=Respect for Paddick letter|url=,,669842,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-03-19
*cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|title=Police Chief Accused of Drug-taking Forced Out of Post|url=,,669890,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-03-19
*cite news|last=Slocombe|first=Mike|title=He's a Fair Copper – and it was an Unfair Cop|url=,,670762,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-03-20
*cite news|title=Puff for Cannabis Cop|url=,,671150,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-03-21
*cite news|last=Gillan|first=Andrew|title=He was One of Us, Say Dismayed Brixtonians|url=,,671899,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-03-22
*cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|title=Community Backs Cannabis Pilot Scheme : Softly, Softly Approach Criticised by Some Officers|url=,,671859,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-03-22
*cite news|last=Summerskill|first=Ben|authorlink=Ben Summerskill|title=Gay Cop Victim of 'Institutional Bias'|url=,,673120,00.html|publisher="The Observer"|date=2002-03-24
*cite news|last=Summerskill|first=Ben|authorlink=Ben Summerskill|title=How Smears Brought Top Gay Cop to Brink of Ruin : A Long Campaign by Anti-gay Colleagues Led to the Removal of Brian Paddick, but the Community He Led Wants Him Back|url=,,673105,00.html|publisher="The Observer"|date=2002-03-24
*cite news|last=Glancey|first=Jonathan|title=Dead-end Streets|url=,,686509,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-03-28
*cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|title=Gay Police Commander May Act Against Met|url=,,681641,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-04-10
*cite news|last=Vasagar|first=Jeevan|title=Police Inquiry into Paddick 'Smears'|url=,,683708,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-04-13
*cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|coauthors=Vikram Dodd|title=Police Chief Scorns Cannabis Pilot Critics|url=,,747681,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-07-02
*cite news|last=Paddick|first=Brian|title=My Drugs Policy is Working : A String of Myths is Being Used to Rubbish the Lambeth Experiment|url=,,747687,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-07-02
*cite news|last=Left|first=Sarah|title=Met to End Lambeth Cannabis Scheme|url=,,763048,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-07-25
*cite news|title=Paddick Police Report Sent to CPS|url=,,793220,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-09-16
*cite news|last=Dodd|first=Vikram|title=CPS to Rule on Paddick Drugs Charge|url=,,793529,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-09-17
*cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|title=Paddick Backers Angry at Met Move|url=,,807314,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-10-09
*cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|title=Paddick Escapes Charges over Drug Claims|url=,,808788,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-10-10
*cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|title=Paddick Angry after Met Inquiry Clears Him of Drug Taking|url=,,838848,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-11-13
*cite news|last=Lyttle|first=John|title='They Were Out to Get Me' : Brian Paddick, Britain's Most Scrutinised Gay Policeman, Gives His First Interview since being Cleared of Drugs Allegations|url=,,841372,00.html|publisher="The Observer"|date=2002-11-17
*cite news|last=Travis|first=Alan|title=Paddick Agrees to New Post|url=,,855603,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2002-12-07
*cite news|last=Hopkins|first=Nick|title=Police Chief Sues over Kiss and Tell|url=,,914544,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2003-03-15
*cite news|title=Pendennis : It's a Fair Cop|url=,,949079,00.html|publisher="The Observer"|date=2003-05-04
*cite news|last=Lutyens|first=Dominic|title=The Gay Team|url=,,1071212,00.html|publisher="The Observer"|date=2003-10-26
*cite news|last=Oliver|first=Mark|title=Paddick Moves up the Ranks|url=,,1093358,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2003-11-26
*cite news|last=Day|first=Julia|title=Police Chief Wins Damages from Mail on Sunday|url=,,1110501,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2003-12-19
*cite news|last=Day|first=Julia|title='Sickening' Mail on Sunday under Fire|url=,,1110581,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2003-12-19
*cite news|last=Day|first=Julia|title=Mail on Sunday Rounds on Paddick|url=,,1110640,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2003-12-19
*cite news|last=Wells|first=Matt|title=Paper Pays Damages to Police Chief|url=,,1110856,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2003-12-20
*cite news|last=Cowan|first=Rosie|title=Gay Police 'Need Stronger Backing'|url=,,1193812,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2004-04-17
*cite news|last=Dodd|first=Vikram|title=Pride Festivities Mix Pop and Politics|url=,,1254128,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2004-07-05
*cite news|last=Benjamin|first=Alison|title=Paddick : I've been Promoted into a Non-job : Most Senior Openly Gay Officer Tells of Frustration|url=,,1275624,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2004-08-04
*cite news|last=Benjamin|first=Alison|title=Setting the Pace|url=,,1275111,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2004-08-04
*cite news|last=Dodd|first=Vikram|title=Exonerated : The Key Cases|url=,,1373902,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2004-12-15
*cite news|last=Campbell|first=Denis|title=Paddick to Leave Police with His Sights Set on a Peerage|url=,,1664756,00.html|publisher="The Observer"|date=2005-12-11
*cite news|last=Campbell|first=Denis|title=Gays who Shape our New Britain|url=,,1670141,00.html|publisher="The Observer"|date=2005-12-18
*cite news|last=Townsend|first=Mark|coauthors=Gaby Hinsliff|title=Police Chief Steps into Cannabis Row : As a Decision Looms on Reclassifying the Drug, Brian Paddick Says 'I Didn't Want it Downgraded'|url=,,1686871,00.html|publisher="The Observer"|date=2006-01-15
*cite news|last=Day|first=Julia|title=Police Chief Takes on the Met over Media Claims|url=,,1733533,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2006-03-17
*cite news|last=Dodd|first=Vikram|coauthors=Rosie Cowan|title=Met Chief to be Quizzed under Caution|url=,,1733069,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2006-03-17
*cite news|last=Dodd|first=Vikram|title=Officer who Challenged Met Chief may Lose Job|url=,,1755807,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2006-04-18
*cite news|last=Dodd|first=Vikram|title=Shooting Inquiry Witness on a Collision Course|url=,,1755749,00.html|date=2006-04-18
*cite news|last=Dodd|first=Vikram|title=Met Deputy Paddick to Quit|url=,,2066206,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2006-04-26
*cite news|last=Dodd|first=Vikram|title=Policeman who Challenged Met Chief on De Menezes Killing Quits Force Early|url=,,2066575,00.html|date=2006-04-27
*cite news|last=Walker|first=Peter|title=De Menezes : What the Police Said in 2005|url=,,2140153,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2007-08-02
*cite news|last=Dodd|first=Vikram|title=Within Minutes of Shooting, Doubts had Set In : Sequence of Events Jean Charles de Menezes|url=,,2140863,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2007-08-03
*cite news|last=Owen|first=Paul|title=Paddick Attacks Gun Crime Response|url=,,2172532,00.html|publisher="The Guardian"|date=2007-09-19
*cite news|last=Jacobs|first=Emma|title=The strange case of Brian Paddick|url=,id=080329000047,print=yes.html|publisher="Financial Times"|date=2008-03-29


*cite book|last=Paddick|first=Brian|title=Line of Fire|location=London|publisher=Simon & Schuster|date=2008|isbn=1847371744

External links

* [ Paddick's official Facebook page]
* [ lambeth4paddick]

NAME = Paddick, Brian
ALTERNATIVE NAMES = Paddick, Brian Leonard
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Potential Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London in London mayoral election, 2008; formerly UK's most senior openly gay police officer
DATE OF BIRTH = 24 April 1958
PLACE OF BIRTH = Balham, London, London, England, United Kingdom

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