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PM Summoned Mitchell To Explain Police Row
David Cameron summoned Andrew Mitchell to his office last week to explain his outburst at police guarding Downing Street, Sky News has learned.
Mr Mitchell was told his behaviour was unacceptable and that he must apologise, said Sky's political correspondent Sophy Ridge.
"We did know, of course, that the Prime Minister has spoken to Andrew Mitchell about this and that he has made his views very clear - but we didn't realise that it was a kind of one-on-one summoning," she added.
"It seems that the Prime Minister wanted to intervene as soon as possible."
Earlier, the full police log of the Chief Whip's row with a police officer was published, piling fresh embarrassment on the politician.
The official log of his angry confrontation with Downing Street police, which runs to 442 words, bolsters the police account of the exchange and records the Chief Whip describing officers as "plebs".
Published for the first time by The Daily Telegraph, it recounts how Mr Mitchell repeatedly refused to comply with police requests and swore at officers.
The Sun has more details about what the MP said was a "long and frustrating day" before the clash - revealing that he lunched at top Indian restaurant The Cinnamon Club.
The embattled Chief Whip has apologised for not treating the police with respect but denies using the words "attributed to him".
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper accused Mr Cameron of a "cover up" and insisted further explanations are necessary.
"You read these reports and you have got a cabinet minister not just swearing at the police but also sneering at them, calling them plebs, saying they should know their place," she told ITV's Daybreak.
"I don't think the Prime Minister can just dismiss this and try and sweep this under the carpet. I think they have got to come out and tell us the truth."
But Home Office Minister James Brokenshire insisted that it was possible that both Mr Mitchell and the officer genuinely had different recollections of what happened.
"I have got no reason to doubt the recollections of either Andrew Mitchell or the police officer concerned," he told Sky News.
"It may well be that they can both honestly believe that their recollection of those events is as has been recorded."
Sir Hugh Orde, president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said: "There are far more important issues in policing that need to be dealt with and we need to move on from it."
Irene Curtis, president-elect of the Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales, added: "As far as we are concerned it's over."
The police report describes Mr Mitchell speaking to a female officer and demanding to go through the main gate.
He was told it was "policy" for cyclists to use the pedestrian entrance but refused, saying he was the Chief Whip and "always used the main gates", the report said.
"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," it continued.
"There were several members of public present as is the norm opposite the pedestrian gate and as we neared it, Mr Mitchell said, 'Best you learn your f****** place ... you don't run this f****** government ... You're f****** plebs.'
"The members of public looked visibly shocked and I was somewhat taken aback by the language used and the view expressed by a senior government official.
"I cannot say if this statement was aimed at me individually, or the officers present or the police service as a whole."
The log states that the officer warned Mr Mitchell that he could be arrested for swearing, adding: "Mr Mitchell was then silent and left saying, 'You haven't heard the last of this' as he cycled off."
The police officer who wrote the report stresses that officers were "extremely polite" to the Chief Whip.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said it seemed "common-sensical" for the police to have considered arresting Mr Mitchell, given their accounts of the clash.
"The public order act does allow for police officers' discretion in this matter. They've obviously decided not to go ahead with it but it shows the gravity of this offence," he said.
Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood has ruled out launching an inquiry into the affair.
what do you think?
This is all about politics and nothing about manners. If The Daily Telegraph was so concerned with the way either the Police or those who have dealt with the Police have been treated then reports would be disclosed from thousands of incidents up and down the country. The Daily Telegraph should be lambasted over this incident as it is nothing short of a political play to create disharmony and upset and drive a politician out of office. Right or wrong he is not the first, nor will he be the last to have a confrontation with the Police but The Telegraph is not out hounding these people are they?
This is not about politics, it is about the attitude of those who govern towards those they govern. The truth is out and it is very embarrasing. That is why some would like to bring the issue to a rapid end.
Steven Ellis Cooper
All i can say Richard is that the Mp wants to think himself very lucky it was a police office he was talking to and not me , As he would of had a boken nose and been wearing his bike as a necklace , who the hell does he think he is for crysake
Hope it haunts him.
Mr Mitchell's last comment sounds more disturbing for the police officer involved, another career soon to be added to the jobless total that's one of the Tories specialities.
I think Mr's Cameron & Mitchell should be reminded of who pays their wages and who they are in office to serve ! The public tax payers ! Which makes them public servants !
I am begining to wonder if this is a " diversion " devised to take peoples attention from something else ?
Actually, I think the Tories would like a 'diversion' to take people's minds off this very enlightening incident. It certainly exposes the attitude of the rich boys to the rest.
What a dilemma! Who to believe. The Sun, the police, a Tory minister. Given the reputation of all of them for being 'economical with the truth' this is a bit of a poser.
Earned a 'thumbsdown' but no reply - strange.
Selfish, arrogant, spitefull and heartless. . . . Sounds like a typical tory to me. . . I'm sure he'll do very well in the conservative party. . . At the expensive of the poor, naturally
Whose idea is it to continually refer to this incident as a row ? This is verbal abuse committed by an arrogant oik against an ordinary person doing their job. Now that he is disputing what he said the matter cannot be closed because from behind his gold plated closed doors and simple apology he is not apologising at all he is continuing to abuse the police officers by calling them liars. What a pompous childish oik he is. He should certainly have no place in a government struggling to recover from liars exposed in ,among other things, the expenses scandal. Could it be that an election is on the horizon with no one worth electing ?
Add to this that the "Most Senior Civil Servant in the land" had a "word" with the head of the Met and, following said meeting, the head of the Met said that "there is no need to take the matter further". So obviouslly "they know their f*****g place)!
Paul Anthony Croft
Is this man really fit to be in a position of authority. The Police have a job to do. Diplomatic Police also have a job to do. He should be made to respect their authority, not the other way round. The Police log makes it quite clear - he is basically a chav, a thug on a bike.
If iloudmouth at the police im locked up for the day and im given an 80pound fine. Why didnt this happen to him. And theres no need for all the news reports really is there?
Good work from the chinless wonder. Another toff thinking they were born to rule. What a great advertisement for private schooling this coalition Government is!....
d and d Phillips
I think we should all have counselling
t.bugin believes that this is rooted in a political agenda. Does this mean that the call for an inquiry by the widower of a murdered police officer is based on a political agenda. Would he regard it as a political agenda if the minister concerned was not a Tory revealing the true nature and thinking of Tories?
This is a simple case of someone lying.Is it two members of the police or a government minister.I personally believe the police officers who are just doing their job and not a man scrambling around trying to keep his paycheck.
Steven Ellis Cooper
SACK HIM CAMERON!!!!!!!!! For once in your leadership grow a Pair and do what it right Sack him Now as a member of the public who you are supposed to serve you answer to me !!!!!! SACK HIM .....
If Cameron were to get rid of all the low life in his cabinet he would be able to hold the next one in a telephone box.
What a puffed up self-important prat.
Aparently the "Most Senior Civil Servant in the land" had a "word" with the head of the Met and, following said meeting, the head of the Met said that "there is no need to take this matter any further". So obviouslly "they know their f*****g place)!
This man`s attitude has been exposed and obviously his words heard by other witnesses. What is shocking is that this separatist and superior attitude still exists in this day and age - makes one wonder what his attitude to women and minority groups is. Cameron should not be backing him just because he apologised. Mitchell is not going to change his attitude overnight - its an attitude ingrained by conditioning and sense of superiority. His presence in the government will be a permanent taint against them.
cameron's just lost my vote
Surely there's more important things going on than this?