How the events of 'plebgate' unfolded

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File photo of Andrew Mitchell riding his bike near. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Officers investigating the row involving former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell have arrested a second man today. Here is a timeline of events in the "plebgate" affair.

  • Sep 19: Andrew Mitchell, with his bike, is told by Downing Street police officers to use a pedestrian gate, not the main one. The officer recorded that Mr Mitchell told him: "Best you learn your f------'re f------ plebs".
  • Sep 21: The Sun newspaper publishes claims that the Conservative MP launched a tirade against police officers.
  • Oct 19: Mr Mitchell resigns as chief whip after admitting he swore at police - contrary to what he told parliament. But he continues to deny using the word pleb. In his resignation letter he wrote: "Whatever the rights and wrongs of the matter I will not be able to fulfil my duties as we (Mitchell and the Prime Minister) would both wish."
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CCTV footage of Andrew Mitchell leaving Downing Street on September 19. Credit: Dispatches/Channel 4 News