by Steve Beasant on September 22, 2012
According to the Independent and numerous other political sources the Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell’s political career today hangs in the balance as he under calls to quit after being accused of calling No 10 police officers “plebs”.
The Independent reports:
Police suggested the Tory enforcer was close to being arrested after allegedly shouting “learn your f****** place” when he was stopped from cycling out of Downing Street’s main gates.
Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron said the comments, as reported, were “beyond unacceptable”.
“If he said what it is reported he said, it is absolutely appalling,” he told the BBC.
“All of us can have grouchy moments and say things we regret but it reveals, what he is reported to have said, something not terribly pleasant.
“Having said that, a lot of this stuff is still yet to be revealed. It is David Cameron’s job to discipline his minister in the same way that if it was the Liberal Democrat chief whip, who I am sure would never do a thing like this, it would be Nick Clegg’s job.
“But certainly the comments reported are utterly, indeed beyond, unacceptable.”
Although Mr Mitchell, the former shadow police minister, has apologised for not treating officers with due respect he has denied using some of the language reported.
Labour said Mr Mitchell was either accusing the member of Scotland Yard’s Diplomatic Protection Group, SO6, of lying or he must have used the foul language, potentially an arrestable offence.
John Tully, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said Mr Mitchell was warned to curb his behaviour by officers at the time of the rant and was likely to have been arrested if he had continued.
“There is a written record of the incident in the officers’ notebooks,” he told Channel 4 News.
“I understand that following his tirade to the officers he was warned and he desisted. I think had he continued he would have been arrested.”
He added: “He should resign. As a Cabinet Minister it’s unacceptable for someone of his standing to use such disrespectful and abusive language to a police constable let alone anyone else.”
To read the full story on the Independent website, view HERE.