Andrew Mitchell MP Resigns

Andrew Mitchell the Sutton Coldfield MP has resigned as the Government's Chief Whip following allegations that he called a Downing Street officer a pleb, which he denies.

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Mitchell's denial 're-ignites' row

Tory Party Vice Chairman Michael Fabricant said Andrew Mitchell has "re-ignited" the row over whether he swore at police by apparently denying it in the House of Commons today.

Several MPs have confirmed to me that AM did indeed say #pmqs "I didn't swear" (at the police). This puts a whole new light on the issue.

FROM @MIKE_FABRICANT ON TWITTER: (about 2 hours ago)

Oh dear. Labour were never going to let the story go away, but now he has managed to re-ignite it himself. Self-ignition?



Mitchell 'denies swearing at police'

Tory Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell in the House of Commons Credit: ITV News

Ed Miliband called for Tory Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell to clarify what he said to police officers during his altercation outside the gates of Downing Street a few weeks ago in the House of Commons today.

During the exchange between the Labour leader and the Prime Minister Mr Mitchell appeared to deny having sworn at police, shaking his head and apparently mouthing "I didn't, I didn't" as Mr Miliband said that people who swear at police should be arrested.

In response, the Labour leader said: "He says from a sedentary position he didn't. Maybe he will tell us what he actually did say."

A senior Labour source later said that Mr Mitchell's apparent denial made it all the more essential for it to be made clear exactly what he did say.

Prime Minister: Time to move on to 'the big issues'

The Prime Minister David Cameron said it was time to "move on" from the row over the actions of his Chief Whip. He said now that Andrew Mitchell has apologised to the officers involved, the apology had been accepted and it was now time to move on "to the big issues"

In a robust exchange across the House of Commons Labour Leader Ed Miliband reiterated his view that Mr Mitchell should lose his job:

"Just because the police officer has better manners than the Chief Whip, it doesn't mean he should keep his job"

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