Plebgate row wrong, Mitchell says

Andrew Mitchell resigned as chief whip following allegations that he called police officers in Downing Street 'plebs'

Andrew Mitchell resigned as chief whip following allegations that he called police officers in Downing Street 'plebs'

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Andrew Mitchell has told how he was caught "between the pincers" of the police and the media when the plebgate row that led to him being ousted erupted last year.

The former Conservative chief whip said the treatment that sparked his demise was "completely wrong" as fresh evidence about what happened on the night he was turned away from the main gates of Downing Street is set to emerge.

In an interview for a second investigation into the incident by Channel 4's Dispatches, which is due to be broadcast on Monday night, Mr Mitchell said: "I was caught between the pincers of the police on the one hand and the media on the other in a way that would lead you to believe that the Leveson Inquiry had never even taken place.

"I think that was completely wrong and it led to my demise."

Four arrests have been made under an investigation into the incident that led to Mr Mitchell being forced to resign.

The row ignited when Mr Mitchell was accused of a heated rant against officers as he left Downing Street on September 19.

Pressure intensified after The Daily Telegraph published a police log of the incident, which claimed he called officers "plebs" and swore at them repeatedly. He insisted he did not use the words attributed to him and later said he was the victim of a deliberate attempt to "toxify" the Tories and ruin his career.

Prime Minister David Cameron repeated his desire earlier this week for a "thorough" inquiry into the Downing Street altercation.

Steve White, vice chairman of the Police Federation, attempted to distance the national organisation from the fierce criticism that came from local spokesmen at the time.

He told BBC1's Sunday Politics: "The national Police Federation accepted Andrew Mitchell's apology and we wanted to move on. The fact of the matter is there are a number of police federations in the West Midlands that felt there were still questions to answer."


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