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Mitchell 'desperate to see PC prosecuted' over 'Plebgate'

A lawyer representing Toby Rowland - the PC at the heart of the 'Plebgate' row - has alleged that MP Andrew Mitchell was "desperate" to see the policeman prosecuted.

As ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports, Mitchell told court he was only desperate for justice.

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


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.

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:

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

MP demands Plebgate transcripts be made public

Former Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell has demanded the Metropolitan Police release full transcripts of the hearings investigating officers over the Plebgate scandal.

Andrew Mitchell, pictured in 2011, arrives at Number 10 to attend a Cabinet meeting Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Writing to police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Conservative MP said that "confidence in the police has been badly damaged by the many revelations that have emerged", and that "only a completely open and transparent account of what happened will remedy the damage done."

The Metropolitan Police today confirmed they had received the letter, and were seeking legal advice as to what information could be published.


Plebgate officer 'boasted of toppling Government'

A policewoman involved in the Plebgate row on Downing Street between officers and former chief whip Andrew Mitchell boasted to a friend that she could bring down the Government, the Conservative MP has said.

Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell lost his job over the Plebgate row. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Mitchell made the claim after Scotland Yard denied his requests to release information heard in gross misconduct hearings relating to the scandal.

Mitchell said full disclosure of Metropolitan Police gross misconduct hearings will show the woman texted a friend two days after the altercation saying: "I can topple the Tory Government".

Mitchell 'astonished' by mass abduction media coverage

Former international development secretary Andrew Mitchell said he is "astonished" that media coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane is more extensive than the fate of 276 teenage girls abducted in Nigeria.

A protest outside Nigeria's parliament in Abuja demanding security forces to search harder for the missing schoolgirls. Credit: Reuters

Militants of Boko Haram - the nickname means "Western education is sinful" - are holding the schoolgirls who they abducted from a northeastern school on April 15.

Speaking on the Sky News Murnaghan programme, Mr Mitchell said: "I think it is a very good contrast. Every day, quite rightly, we have seen the coverage on the hunt to find out what happened to the plane and find out what happened in this awful tragedy for the people who died on the plane."

He added: "This [the kidnapping] is a very similar number of people and they are the future of Nigeria. This is an assault on all of our values, this kidnapping of so many young girls on the threshold of making a real contribution to Nigerian life.

"Frankly, I am astonished the international press, the international media haven't taken a far greater interest in this awful event than they have."

'Plebgate' officers 'betrayed' by Met bosses, says ex-cop

A former policeman at the centre of the "plebgate" row has said officers on duty at the gates of Downing Street have been "betrayed" by their Metropolitan Police bosses.

Ian Richardson said he believes his colleagues' claims that Andrew Mitchell called officers "plebs" and was "officious and rude", in an interview with The Times.

Despite not hearing the exchange, Mr Richardson said Pc Toby Rowland, the officer who claims he was sworn at by Mr Mitchell, immediately recounted what was allegedly said.

Mitchell, the Conservative MP for Sutton Coldfield, admits swearing at the officers but maintains that he did not use the other words attributed.

Andrew Mitchell admits swearing at the officers but maintains that he did not use the other words attributed. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Richardson accused the Metropolitan Police of failing the officers involved by concentrating on who leaked the story to the media rather than investigating what had happened and issuing a statement to clarify the incident.

The former officer, who retired with 30 years' service in October 2012, said Mr Mitchell should not have lost his job over a "quirky incident that should have blown over".

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