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Andrew Mitchell: Miliband Says 'He's Toast'
Labour leader Ed Miliband has mocked Tory Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell during Prime Minister's Questions and declared "he's toast".
Prime Minister David Cameron was forced to defend the senior Tory yet again as his row with a policeman dominated the first PMQs session for more than a month.
Mr Miliband sought to use the affair to show that the Tories are a party of the privileged minority who want to live by different rules to the rest of the country.
"If a yob in a city centre on a Saturday night abused a police officer, ranting and raving, the chances are they would be arrested and placed in the back of a police car and rightly so," he said.
"The Prime Minister would be the first in the queue to say it was right. But while it's a night in the cell for the yobs, it's a night in the Carlton Club for the Chief Whip. Isn't that the clearest case there could be of total double standards?"
Mr Cameron retorted: "He wants to discuss these issues because he has nothing to say about the country."
But the Labour leader continued: "They say that I practise class war and they go round calling people plebs.
"It is good to see the Cabinet supporting him in public but what are they saying in private: 'He's completely undermined, his position is untenable.'
"In other words, he's toast. That is the reality. While everybody else loses their jobs, the Chief Whip keeps his. If you're a millionaire you get a tax cut, if you're anyone else you get a tax rise."
The Prime Minister admitted yet again that his Chief Whip had been wrong but insisted his apology had been accepted by police chiefs and that it was time to move on.
"This Government will get on with the big issues of helping Britain compete and succeed in the world," he told MPs.
Mr Mitchell looked uncomfortable as he watched the clash from the frontbenches. At one point, he appeared to deny having sworn at police.
He shook his head, apparently mouthing "I didn't, I didn't" as Mr Miliband said that people who swear at police should expect to be arrested.
This sparked more raised eyebrows, with Tory MP Michael Fabricant claiming the Chief Whip had reignited the row himself after previously admitting he had sworn.
Sky's Deputy Political Editor Joey Jones says there is now an increasing push to oust the Chief Whip over the affair.
"The constant and agonising undercurrent for the Conservative Party at the moment is about the position of the Chief Whip. It is becoming a huge preoccupation for MPs and ministers," he said.
"Utterly authoritative sources tell me that senior Conservative ministers are beyond despair at the situation, which they can see just dragging on and becoming a huge distraction."
Mr Mitchell faces another serious test later when the 1922 Committee meets and party members are given a chance to state their views.
He will not attend the session but it is believed that he will meet with the committee's executive afterwards where he will be made aware of the mood.
The senior Tory has been clinging to his job, which he only took on in the recent reshuffle, since it emerged he had rowed with a policeman on September 19.
He ranted at the officer at the Downing Street gates when he was told he could not cycle out of the main entrance.
Mr Mitchell has denied calling the police "plebs" during the argument but his account conflicts with the official police record.
He failed to quell the row with a lacklustre apology live on Sky News and then stayed away from the Tory conference last week to avoid being a "distraction".
The Opposition has already tabled a motion calling for Mr Mitchell to be docked £1,000 from his salary - roughly the same amount he would have been fined for swearing at an officer.
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what do you think?
Cameron should of sorted this hours after it happened Just shows the shallow depth of his leadership
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If the police officers who covered up the deaths of 96 football fans have kept their jobs and pensions, why can't this MP
So true, well said!!
Gutless leaders at the moment.
Time he went or is sacked. Taxi for Mitchell !
Mitchell and all the other whips should have their status revoked. There should be no such thing as whips. M.P's should vote as their constituants advise; this is what they were elected to do.
They're angry because he has exposed the true underbelly of the Tory Party.
think your find it's a tory/lib gov at the mo
on yer bike Mitchell
Mitchell hasn't even got the guts to admit to what he really said. Another typical jobsworth, public school (Rugby) educated, cabinet minister. What example does this snivelling little snob show to society. I'm afraid it's one rule for them & another rule for us. RESIGN Mitchell, you are a disgrace!
I believe the present Tory party is the worst that has attained government in modern history, they are even berift of conservative principals which in the past have been fair play,honesty and openess. Now their cabinet includes self servers spivs and expense cheats.Cameron himself cheated on expenses in spite of his millions but he got off because he was the nearest they had to leader material. If Mitchell is not sacked there will be a swearing street yobbo in the mix, if this is the best they can muster Britain will descend into a bannana economy thats if no one in Gov. thieves the banannas.
Agree with you, except that bit about fair play, honesty and openness. One thinks of Major's 'Back to Basic' debacle, All of Thatcher's governments etc.
There is no such creature as an open and honest Tory
Lon live privilege, long live capitalism and long live the Tories. The lowest form of life in society are so called socialists
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C'mon Russel. Give 'em some more. Mitchell is holding us all back - no doubt he should be cannon fodder.
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Putting torys and especially Cameron in a very bad light when they cant sort out their own. It isn't going away so they may as well face up to it and sort it now. How can they possibly govern when they cant manage?
This goes to show that the tories will never be peoples party, they classify themselves as above the man in the street!! Hence people sceptism at we are all in this together!! You coundnt be so far from the truth!!
Did anyone get punched ?
If you or I had called a policeman a pleb, and swore we would have been arrested! Double standards one rule for them and one for us!! And it proves how arrogant tories are if mitchell is anything to go by!!
So anachist protesters can swear and spit in the face of the police and not get arrested. I am sick and tired of the pathetic class warriers in the UK
Too right, t.bulgin, I seem to recall John Prescott landing a well-aimed punch. Provoked, I admit, but not appropriate. I expect to be called a Tory for this comment, which I'm not, but some people want to make bad behaviour a political issue.
.....and well said, Mick ! It's nothing to do with party politics, it's about the deterioration of standards which usually starts at home.
Anachist, warrier, dear oh dear, must try harder Mick, go and stand in the corner.
about time they all worked together instead of acting like children. they are all guilty of the mess uk is in expenses fiddling if they had to go out and do a proper days work they would understand they were voted in and all can be voted out !!!! about time to get the job done start at the top with wage cuts etc stop letting companies ripping off the working man !!! stand up for thoses that put you were you are!!!!
All mp s the same biggest load of crooks and liars!!
John, The only honest MP EVER was Enoch Powell
The same Enoch Powell that toured the West Indies recruiting black people to come and work in Great Britain and then complained about immigrants, Richard? He was as honest as the present bunch of lying self serving gobsmiths.
It's a real shame that all labour can come up are snide remarks never any real answers or solutions to anything it's easy to criticize without putting in alternative workable plans .All labour do is shout about anything and everything just to get the public know they still exist . As an opposition party they stink
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Thats the way whitewash over the stupidity and arrogance of one of the leader class Still wont go away though.
For god's sake Milliband use what little brain you have and come up with some policies that may be of use to the UK. Get off the populist bandwagon and be a man
If the police officer thought it was an issue he would have tugged him straight away. Would have read him the riot act and also got him to sign his note pad to agree that this is what he said so that it was true. Boring party politics, can't remember the previous shambles resigning when they were caught doing naughty things!!!! Boring boring boring
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Difficult to believe that we have two powerful adverseries arguing over an idiot that should have left of his own accord while, Gas Prices go thro. the roof. Disabled benefits are ra. ped. Top companies pay bare minimum corporation tax. Unemployment drops ha ha. JR Ranker warns "the worst may still be ahead", Rome burns and the rest of it For heavens sake sack the "result of an expensive education" as he was wrong - no doubt - and lets get on sorting real problems. People are going hungry and cold here.
Winging Mili off on his trivia pursuit again
Is this the most important issue Milliband can find - saw him on the lunchtime news and if everyone who was involved is happy then that should be it think there are more relevant and important things to debate. Sad little man.
would you be saying this .if it was some one out of the labour party . thought not
agree with you blue side this is a non event milliband uses it to to hide his own lack of ideas
What a stupid row over a silly remark made to a policeman who im sure has had far worse said to him .The Opposition needs to go look to some of the idiotic and imbecilic things they got up to during their tenure at number 10 . ( especially the one where a certain Mr Bliar took us to war on a lie ) For heavens sake lets get back to the more important things .