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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair has announced his resignation after three years in the job.
Sir Ian said he had lost the backing of London mayor Boris Johnson, who took over as chairman of the police authority on Wednesday.
More claims emerge about Blair awarding work to his close friend Andy Miller. This time it relates to payments of £15,000, allegedly paid to Miller's company, Impact Plus, to "sharpen" Blair's image. A press conference is called by Scotland Yard.
After weeks of speculation Britain's top Asian policeman, assistant commissioner Tarique Ghaffur, launched a £1.2million racial discrimination claim against Blair. In the same month Blair denied there was a Home Office plot to oust him, and vows not to quit.
Blair faced corruption claims in the press after it was revealed £3m in Scotland Yard contracts were awarded to a personal friend, Andy Miller.
Blair was embroiled in another bugging scandal after Labour MP Sadiq Khan said his prison conversations with prisoner Babar Ahmad were recorded in 2005 and 2006. Downing Street said police had not broken any rules.
The Met Police were found guilty under health and safety rules for the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes. They were fined £175,000, with a £385,000 bill for legal costs.
Following the decision, Blair survived an unprecedented no-confidence vote after members of the Metropolitan Police Authority backed him. Members of the London Assembly called the vote.
In the same month it was revealed a corruption probe was underway at the Met over expenses run up by officers on Amex cards.
An Old Bailey trial heard that "catastrophic" errors were made by the police in the fatal shooting of de Menezes.
The de Menezes family accuse the Met of "getting away with murder" after the Independent Police Complaints Commission announce 11 officers will not be punished over his death.
The Crown Prosecution Service announced it was to prosecute the Metropolitan Police under health and safety laws, but no individual police officers will be charged over the Stockwell shooting.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Brian Paddick threatened to sue his own force for libel after it issued a statement saying that his evidence to the Independent Police Complaints Commission - reportedly, that an officer in Sir Ian's private office knew six hours after the shooting that the Brazilian had no connection with terrorism - was untrue.
Blair fights for his job after it emerged that he secretly taped a phone conversation with a senior minister. Questions were raised over Blair's judgement after he took the extraordinary step of recording a 10-minute call from Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, the top law officer.
The de Menezes family make an official complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, alleging misinformation had been allowed to circulate about the circumstances of the shooting. They also complain about comments by Sir Ian Blair.
Jean Charles de Menezes, a Brazilian national living in London, was shot dead at Stockwell tube station on the London Underground by unnamed Metropolitan Police officers. He was mistaken for a terrorist. Scotland Yard confirms Mr de Menezes was not connected to terrorist activity.