Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell ‘used the word plebs’

08:52 25 September 2012

File photo dated 05/10/2010 of Andrew Mitchell, who will become the new chief whip in the coalition

File photo dated 05/10/2010 of Andrew Mitchell, who will become the new chief whip in the coalition's first major reshuffle, Downing Street has announced. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday September 3, 2012. Mr Mitchell leaves his post as Secretary of State for International Development to replace Patrick McLoughlin in the key enforcer role for a Tory party that has become increasingly rebellious. See PA story POLITICS Coalition. Photo credit should read: David Jones/PA Wire

The official police log of Andrew Mitchell’s angry confrontation with Downing Street police records him describing officers as “plebs”.

A 442-word account of the incident, published for the first time in today’s Daily Telegraph, records the Chief Whip repeatedly refusing to comply with police requests and then swearing at officers.

He was told that it was “policy” for cyclists to use the pedestrian gate.

“Mr Mitchell refused, stating he was the chief whip and he always used the main gates,” the report goes on.

“I explained to Mr Mitchell that the policy was to use the side pedestrian gates and that I was happy to open those for him, but that no officer present would be opening the main gates as this was the policy we were directed to follow.

“Mr Mitchell refused. Repeatedly reiterating he was the chief whip... After several refusals Mr Mitchell got off his bike and walked to the pedestrian gate with me after I again offered to open that for him.”

He is then recorded as swearing and describing the officers as plebs. He was then warned he could be arrested for the abuse.

“Mr Mitchell was then silent and left saying ‘you haven’t heard the last of this’ as he cycled off.”

The embattled Chief Whip apologised yesterday for not treating the police with respect but denies using the words he is reported as saying.

He blamed his behaviour on having had “a long and extremely frustrating day”.

But he pointedly refused to answer questions about whether he had branded the police “plebs” - as their leaked written records of the exchange suggest.

The Sun newspaper claims he spent part of that day enjoying lunch at an upmarket Westminster curry house, the Cinnamon Club.

Ex-government adviser George McGregor told The Sun he was dining at the restaurant at the time near Mr Mitchell, and said: “He didn’t seem to be having a long and frustrating day to me.”

The Telegraph’s publication of the police log bolsters the officers’ account of the exchange and will place further pressure on Mr Mitchell despite cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood rejecting calls for a probe into the incident.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London politics news

Friday, February 27, 2015
The Mayor with Nathan Bostock, Chief Executive of Santander (Photo by Steve Bardens/ Getty Images for Santander)

The Mayor of London took a new red Boris Bike out for a spin this morning as he announced Santander was taking over from Barclays as sponsor of the city’s cycle scheme.

Thursday, February 26, 2015
Sol Campbell has announced his intention to run for Mayor of London  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

The former Arsenal, Spurs and England defender Sol Campbell has announced his intention to take over from Boris Johnson and become the next Mayor of London. But would he be any good?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Natalie Bennett spluttered and stalled her way through an interview with radio station LBC

Cringeworthy, incredibly awkward, car crash - all words you used to describe the Green Party leader Natalie Bennett’s radio interview with LBC this morning.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
[Photograph by @WolvoPingu]

Housing protesters have clashed with police officers as they held a ‘mock eviction’ at a fancy dinner for bailiffs where they say people were “receiving awards for making families homeless.”

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Boris Johnson meets Alexa Chung at a British Fashion Council event in New York (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Boris Johnson is to meet Hilary Clinton in New York today where he may have some diplomatic ground to make up following comments he made about her several years ago.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
This is what you could have won...

A shoe-shopping trip with Home Secretary Theresa May was just one of the many highly-prized lots that Conservative party donors bid on at a secretive and exclusive fundraising dinner.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Sunderland have suspended Johnson pending the police investigation’s outcome.

Read more

A man and woman arrested on suspicion of kidnapping the teenager on Saturday have been further arrested.

Read more

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has stolen the UK’s number one spot from Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Sunderland have suspended Johnson pending the police investigation’s outcome.

A man and woman arrested on suspicion of kidnapping the teenager on Saturday have been further arrested.

At this rate the whole Welsh coast looks set to become one giant tidal power station.

Quirky London