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Mitchell admits to 'bad language', but denies 'pleb' insult

Former government chief whip Andrew Mitchell has admitted to occasionally using “bad language” in conversation, but denied having used the word “pleb”.

The MP told the High Court today he could be “impatient” when he felt he was being hampered from going about his business.

I even admit that I can be - or at least that I can appear to be - rude on these occasions.

To the best of my recollection, I have never called anybody a 'pleb', however, let alone a policeman.

Since the incident I have thought long and hard about this and cannot recall a single instance when I have called anybody a 'pleb'. It just isn't a word I use.

– Andrew Mitchell MP

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The Sun claims 'plebgate' story was 'substantially true'

The legal team arguing on behalf of The Sun newspaper has claimed an article published accusing former government chief whip Andrew Mitchell of a foul-mouthed rant at the gates of Downing Street was 'substantially true'.

News Group Newspapers (NGN) is relying on an account given by PC Toby Rowland, who said that Mr Mitchell had demanded and been denied the right to leave via the main gates.

Andrew Mitchell arriving for a Cabinet meeting at No 10 Downing Street on his bicycle Credit: PA

He then lost his temper, PC Rowland claims, saying: "Best you learn your f**king place - you don't run this f**king government - you're f**king plebs."

The Sutton Coldfield MP stood down as whip a month after the reports. He denies “demanding” to use the gates or using those words – though admits muttering under his breath: “I thought you guys were supposed to f**king help us". He has apologised for swearing.

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Court told police 'lies' ruined 'outstanding' minister's career

The barrister representing former government chief whip Andrew Mitchell has told the High Court that police officers' "lies" destroyed the "outstanding" minister's 27-year political career.

ITV News political correspondent Libby Wiener is at the hearing:

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Plebgate police's 'web of lies' outlined at High Court

Police officers were today accused of spinning a “web of lies, deceit and indiscipline” which led to the resignation of former government minister Andrew Mitchell over the so-called ‘plebgate’ scandal.

Representing Mr Mitchell at the High Court, James Price QC today opened the Sutton Coldfield MP’s libel action against News Group Newspapers (NGN) over the story.

Former government chief whip Andrew Mitchell is suing News Group Newspapers over the story Credit: PA

The court heard Mr Mitchell, the former chief whip, and his family were subjected to an “unpleasant and vitriolic” press campaign as a result of the allegations, which were leaked to The Sun by officers in September 2012.

Mr Mitchell claims the piece portrayed him as guilt of launching a grossly offensive and arrogant attack at Downing Street police officers two days earlier, branding them "f**king plebs" and"morons".

Read: Plebgate officer sacked over press leaks

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Fresh allegations in 'Plebgate' affair

Scotland Yard has said it will not release information heard in gross misconduct hearings against officers involved in the so-called Plebgate affair, despite a request from Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell.

According to reports tonight, Mr Mitchell's letter reveals that one of the female officers boasted to a friend that she could "take down the Tory government" over the incident, which involved a dispute over whether he could cycle through the main gates of Downing Street.

The woman also allegedly texted "the Fed need our help" - thought to potentially be a reference to a dispute between the Police Federation and the government.

Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell requested full disclosure of information Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA

Three officers have already been dismissed over the incident, with two more facing ongoing proceedings.

The Metropolitan Police Service says it will release a full report in due course - but won't be commenting on Mr Mitchell's request.

A statement from the force confirmed officers had received a letter from Mr Mitchell, adding:

Statutory regulations govern police misconduct proceedings and state they are considered a private process.

As such the information raised at misconduct hearings is treated as confidential. However, the MPS has already stated publicly that a report detailing the Operation Alice investigation will be published in due course.

We also intend to publish the summary reports from the chair of the gross misconduct boards.

Mr Mitchell is aware that we will inform him in advance of publication what will be released, and when.

There are still outstanding gross misconduct hearings. To ensure that these important hearings are not jeopardised through abuse of process, we will not comment any further until they have concluded.

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Pc gave 'misleading' statements to Plebgate probe

Pc Gillian Weatherley has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police without notice after she was found guilty of gross misconduct.

Andrew Mitchell arriving for a Cabinet meeting at No 10 Downing Street. Credit: Press Association

She was on duty in Downing Street on the day of the confrontation between then-chief whip Andrew Mitchell and fellow constable Toby Rowland in September 2012.

The next day, Weatherley sent a photograph of an email that Rowland had sent to his bosses about the row to another officer, James Glanville. He was later sacked for leaking the information to the Sun newspaper.

The force said she had given "inaccurate and misleading" statements to officers investigating the aftermath of the row, and had been suspended from duty since her arrest in February last year. Prosecutors have already decided not to press charges.

PC sacked over 'plebgate' scandal

Andrew Mitchell resigned as Chief Whip following the scandal Credit: PA Wire

A police constable has been sacked over leaks to the press linked to the Plebgate row, Scotland Yard said.

Gillian Weatherley was found to have breached standards of professional behaviour in relation to honesty and integrity; orders and instructions; confidentiality; discreditable conduct and challenging and reporting improper conduct in a three-day misconduct hearing.

She was on duty in Downing Street on the day of the confrontation between then-chief whip Andrew Mitchell and fellow constable Toby Rowland in September 2012.

The next day, Gillian Weatherley sent a photograph of an email that Rowland had sent to his bosses about the row to another officer, James Glanville. He was later sacked for leaking the information to the Sun newspaper.

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