Plebgate meeting cops apology

West Midlands Police officers have said that they "did not plan to mislead anyone" over a meeting they held with Andrew Mitchell over claims he abused police. They also apologised for talking to the media after the meeting.

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Davis: Officers plebgate statement 'not good enough'

David Davis has said that the statement from three police officers is "simply not good enough".

The statement from the three police Federation officials is simply not good enough.

Their actions have destroyed a career. The transcript of the meeting which took place in Sutton Coldfield shows that the Federation deployed a premeditated line of attack against Mr Mitchell.

This is not a case of misjudgement, it is deliberate misconduct and they should face the consequences of that misconduct.

The officers from West Mercia, West Midlands and Warwickshire Police Federation representatives issued a statement regarding their meeting with Andrew Mitchell.

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Officers 'did not plan to mislead' over plebgate claims

In a statement released on behalf of Inspector Ken MacKaill of West Mercia Police; Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton from Warwickshire Police and Sergeant Chris Jones from West Midlands Police the officers said that they, "did not plan to mislead anyone" over a meeting they held with Andrew Mitchell.

Officers 'did not plan to mislead' over plebgate claims
Officers 'did not plan to mislead' over plebgate claims Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The statement said: "We are making this statement in response to public concern generated by the widely reported outcome of West Mercia's investigation into matters arising from the meeting we had with Andrew Mitchell MP in his constituency on 12th October 2012.

"The reputation of, and public confidence in, the police service is of immense concern to each of us.

"We acknowledge the investigation’s criticism relating to our poor judgement in talking to the media following the meeting with Andrew Mitchell, for which we take this opportunity to apologise.

"We would like to emphasise (as we did to the investigation) that in no way did any of us ever plan or intend to mislead anyone about what occurred during this meeting or otherwise."

Police Minister calls for Andrew Mitchell apology

Three police federation representatives that it is claimed misrepresented their meeting with former chief whip Andrew Mitchell should "absolutely" apologise for their role in the plebgate scandal, the Police Minister said.

Damian Green said Andrew Mitchell deserved an apology. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

Damian Green said that comments given by the representatives from the West Midlands, West Mercia and Warwickshire divisions following a private meeting with Mr Mitchell after he was accused of calling their Downing Street colleagues plebs, were "palpably untrue".

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, Mr Green said: "He deserves an apology. Let's start with the people who left his office and said things that if you read the transcript were palpably untrue."

Asked if he was referring to the three police officers who met with Mr Mitchell when the allegations first emerged, he replied: "Absolutely those three should apologise."

Portillo withdraws Mitchell pleb claims

Michael Portillo has withdrawn a claim that he heard Andrew Mitchell use the word "pleb" in private - claiming he got "carried away".

Last night, the Conservative former Cabinet minister declared: "I have heard him use that word in private conversation - the pleb word, I mean."

But the former politician now says he has no recollection of hearing the word pass the lips of his ex-colleague.

"I seem to have misspoken," he said after his comments were widely reported.

"I had no right to say that."

Asked why he had made the claim, he said: "I think I got carried away in the heat of the moment. I did not mean to say it and I want to withdraw it."

Portillo: 'I've heard Andrew Mitchell use word the pleb'

Andrew Mitchell has used the word "pleb" in private conversation, a former Cabinet minister said - but he did not believe it was something the former chief whip would have said in public.

Michael Portillo said he has heard Andrew Mitchell has used word 'pleb'.
Michael Portillo said he has heard Andrew Mitchell has used word 'pleb'. Credit: Zak Hussein/PA Wire

Michael Portillo suggested police officers might have picked the word as one that people would readily believe had been uttered by Mr Mitchell.

"I have heard him use that word in private conversation - the pleb word, I mean," Mr Portillo told BBC1's This Week.

"I didn't believe he could have used it at the gates."

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Despite plebgate British police are 'the best in the world'

David Cameron has insisted that the British police are the best in the world despite believing there had been "wrongdoing" over the plebgate scandal.Mr Cameron's intervention followed suggestions officers gave misleading accounts of a meeting held with Mr Mitchell at the height of the row last year.

Read more: IPCC raises the stakes in police-politicians stand-off

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions.
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions. Credit: PA Wire

In an interview with BBC Radio Solent Mr Cameron defended his decision to speak out: "I still believe that we have the best police in the world in Britain, they are fantastically brave, they do a good job, they give great service.

"But when there is wrongdoing, as I believe there is in the case of what has happened with these police in the West Midlands, you have to speak up and say so."

At Prime Minister's questions this week Mr Cameron said his Conservative colleague was owed an apology and said the conduct of the officers, who were representing the forces of West Mercia, Warwickshire and West Midlands, was "not acceptable".

West Midlands Commissioner demands IPCC apology

An e-mail to police chiefs from Deborah Glass, of the IPCC, said a police investigation into a meeting between police officers and Andrew Mitchell, initially concluded the Police Federation representatives had a case to answer for misconduct but later reversed its decision.

Bob Jones, PCC for West Midlands, one of the forces entangled in the affair, said her e-mail effectively suggests senior officers interfered with the report and has demanded an explanation from IPCC chairwoman Dame Anne Owers.

In a letter to Dame Anne, Mr Jones said he has received assurances from his chief constable that West Midlands Police only received one copy of the report, although it is West Mercia Police, a neighbouring force, that was responsible for the internal inquiry.

If I was to make an analogy with the criminal justice process, the press release is akin to a police officer commenting after a trial that the accused was, despite being acquitted, guilty as hell.

– Bob Jones in a letter to Dame Anne Owers.

West Mercia Police review 'Plebgate' investigation

The Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, David Shaw, has said that a review into his force's investigation into the 'Plebgate' scandal is underway.

Referring to a request from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire Ron Ball that the review should take place, he said:

“I completely understand why PCC Ron Ball has requested a review into the West Mercia Police-led investigation.

“This work is currently ongoing to clarify the specific issues raised in the IPCC letter. Once this review has been completed a full and comprehensive account will be shared with Mr Ball.”

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