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Mitchell Row: PC's Widower Urges PM To Act
The husband of a policewoman killed in the line of duty has called for the Prime Minister to "take responsibility" for abusive comments allegedly made by Government Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell to an officer in Downing Street.
Mr Mitchell is facing growing calls to resign as the row over what he said continues.
The Conservative MP has denied reports he shouted and swore at a policeman and called him a pleb, but is facing growing calls to resign.
Paul Beshenivsky, whose wife Sharon was killed on duty in 2005, told Sky News that it was time David Cameron intervened in the row.
"David Cameron should be responsible for what his ministers say, they are his ministers and they are working with him," he said.
"Ministers shouldn't be going round foul-mouthing police officers, especially under the current circumstances."
It is now being claimed that Mr Mitchell also told officers "You haven't heard the last of this" after they refused to let him go through the main Downing Street gate on his bike.
Although the former shadow police minister has apologised for not treating officers with due respect, he has denied using some of the language reported.
However John Tully, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said two officers had made notes of the conversation.
Labour said Mr Mitchell was either accusing the member of Scotland Yard's diplomatic protection group of lying, or he must have used the foul language, potentially an arrestable offence.
Mr Tully said: "There is a written record of the incident in the officers' notebooks. 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."
Liberal Democrat President Tim Farron told Sky News that it was for the Prime Minister to decide if Mr Mitchell can carry on in his government job.
David Cameron has avoided questions about whether he plans to sack Mr Mitchell but condemned his behaviour as "wrong" and "inappropriate".
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper dubbed the reported outburst an "utter disgrace".
Mr Mitchell, the MP for Sutton Coldfield, said: "While I do not accept that I used any of the words that have been reported, I accept I did not treat the police with the respect they deserve."
Senior Tory backbencher David Ruffley defended his colleague.
He said: "As a strong supporter of tough, traditional law and order policies, Andrew understands the central importance of police officers in fighting crime and keeping us safe."
Mr Mitchell, a keen cyclist, was reported by The Sun to also have called the police "morons".
"Best you learn your f****** place. You don't run this f****** Government. You're f****** plebs," it reported him as saying.
Earlier this year Scotland Yard Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said there "were still opportunities" to arrest members of the public for swearing at police despite a judge ruling that it is not a crime.
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....... and now he has the audacity to call two protection squad officers liars!! He has shot himself in the foot over his childish outburst and left himself no where to go but to resign to save face. The police should automatically have the respect of men such as this and their word should not be in doubt given the important role they do at Westminster
I personally think he should resign for riding a bike with a basket.
I have a basket and I love it lol - respect for my basket please :-D
Your a girl Kimberley. I have utmost respect for a girl basket
I think he should resign because he IS a basket!!
You should have respect for both boy and girl baskets, in this age of political correctness, and anti discrimination .Questions have been raised in the house for lesser matters !!! Well, in our house anyway.
I do not see it, Respect has to be earned. So a minister has a go and there are calls for his resignation. What is this country comming to. What are you going to do about all the people that call and argue with the police,,,, Throw them in jail or arrest them. Where does it end? It is becoming a joke. Heaven forbid I should stick up for a tory minister but it is getting silly
It's about abusing your ill earned position. This man has no right to disrespect anyone, considering he is a low life Tory mp.
Absolutely right, Vlad
Vlad, It is about the police moaning because they have been called names and received comments. His position might be in question but 9 times out of 10 if the police overstep the mark they will always get comments and names. I often call them far worse at times
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John Tully, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation has said he was close to being arrested so it's hardly silly is it? Not the behavior I want from our politicians .... dont know about you?
I am sorry but he looks like he has just found that bike on way into work . I think he got up late out of wrong side of bed . Rushed out and found a bike :-)
" Please Sir, he called me names "
It`s not just the calling of names, but what it does show is the mindset of the man. He has exposed his real feelings which is that he belongs to a superior set of people that rule over riff-raff. It horrifies many of us.
Yes and there are another 649 just like him.
Totally agree! The man is ignorant and should resign.
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Interesting that the Sunis taking the lead in this, I smell a Murdock rat. Police officers get called far worse things than this all thime. They shouldn't be subjected to abuse by anyone although being a bit officious and telling a senior cabinet minister that he can't ride his bike through the gates of Downing St does suggest a cerain lack of judgement. I am interested that folk seem more upset that he used the word pleb than the swearing that accompanied it. Strange world...
I wonder how many know what the word pleb even means...
You raise a valid and interesting point regards the sc*m (oops sorry, I meant sun). Murdoch I believe was behind Prince Harry's spot of bother and was happy in his attempt to trash him with those photos in that gutter rag, now this with Mitchell, (was the reporter there by chance?). I think Murdoch will be exploiting every dirty trick that comes his way to exact revenge, time to close this 'paper' and flush it down the sewer where it belongs methinks!
An utter disgrace. How on earth can we have people allegedly running this country when they display such contempt to the police and then blatantly lie ?
he should resign, pompus idiot.
There are two schools of thought here, (well three if you take into account his poor fashion and his girly basket). I'm more with those.....oh please, forgive me, I sound like a Lib Dem, too afraid to come off the fence. I'm with those who claim he should go because he has abused his very privileged position. He should at least lose his position as Chief Whip, because he used that title to abuse the police. Politicians are public servants and should behave accordingly. I also stand with my good friend mr shakes. The police officer should have arrested him and charged him with a public offence. We need to show these self-serving privileged mps that they are NOT above the law. They are simply employees of the tax payer.
Various definitions of PLEB include - Low intellect, pertaining to make a complete fool of themselves in public, low bred, coarse in thought and language - What a perfect description of you Mr Mitchell!!
I love this line from Mitchell..."You haven't heard the last of this" . Well neither have you you stupid silly silly little man. That line has come right back and slapped you right in the face. YOU are not going to hear the last of this yet. You silly plonker. (Remove the plo and replace with a wa)
What about the perennial " Do you know who I am ? " I wish one of them would say that to me.
Yes indeed, good one Edgar. I'd have some very choice answers if one of them said that to me.
Millionaire public school twit.Plebs,according to the last poll there's 47 percent of us ready to kick cameron and his nasty lot in to touch
If a member of the public behaved in this way and used this language to the police they would be charged with a public order offence. This man is obviously receiving preferential treatment and not treated as joe public would be. WHY.???
Sticks and stones...
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I wonder if Mr Cameron every reads the news (or is it only us plebs?). As usual he is ever so silent while these things go on (is it to see which way the people are leaning so he can follow?) Time we had a new "leader" and I use that term in the loosest of ways.
Who was stupid enough to vote this pleb in. Supercilious self-righteous incandescent goofy individual. What has happened to our statesmen.