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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.