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Interior minister Suella Braverman said Saturday she has ordered Britain's law enforcement watchdog to review "political activism and impartiality" within the police, in a move likely to be seen as highly politicized.

Braverman, who has infuriated opponents since taking up the post nearly a year ago with her "anti-woke" rhetoric and hardline stances on immigration, commissioned the probe to "explore impacts of police taking part in political matters."

It will investigate how "political matters" may be impacting the effectiveness and legitimacy of policing in England and Wales and influencing its policies, priorities and practice, the interior ministry said.

It cited officers policing gender-critical views on social media, their conduct at political marches and some taking the knee in public as examples of how public confidence in police may have been "damaged."

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