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Andrew Mitchell thanks IPPC for 'important' report

Former Cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell has told ITV News that the IPCC report into the 'plebgate' row was an "important report" as he reiterated his gratitude to the police watchdog following the sentencing of a police officer over the affair.

He said: "I think the IPCC report is an important report and I've issued a statement about that in which, on behalf of myself and my family, I've said how grateful we are both to the IPCC and of course to Channel 4 and Dispatches who originally broke this story."

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Pc's 'pleb' email that led to Andrew Mitchell resignation

Metropolitan Police officer Keith Wallis, who was today sentenced to 12 months in jail for lying about witnessing the infamous 'Plegate' incident involving Andrew Mitchell, wrote a drunken email to his MP falsely claiming that the former chief whip shouted "You ******* plebes" at officers.

Lines from the drunken email Pc Keith Wallis wrote to his MP John Randall. Credit: ITV News

Mr Mitchell said in a victim impact statement: "The existence of the emails contributed to my acute demoralisation and sense of isolation. They were therefore a contributory factor in the events which led to my resignation."

Mitchell: I lost support of colleagues over 'Plebgate'

In a victim impact statement, former chief whip Andrew Mitchell told of his "acute demoralisation and sense of isolation" leading up to his resignation over the 'Plebgate' affair.

He described being "devastated" to learn of Pc Keith Wallis' email to his deputy John Randall and said it led to a "very difficult" conversation with Prime Minister David Cameron: "During which he told me that he had seen the email and that I would have to go."

I protested my innocence and after a tense conversation lasting around six minutes he [David Cameron] agreed to instigate an investigation through Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood.

As I understand it, Sir Jeremy's investigation revealed that Mr Wallis's email was not a reliable basis on which to sack me from the Cabinet because of inconsistencies within it.

The story continued to roll in the media for many days, during which I slowly lost the support of many Parliamentary colleagues.

– Andrew Mitchell

'If it can happen to a Minister it can happen to anyone'

Speaking after Pc Keith Wallis was jailed for 12 months for lying about witnessing the incident, Andrew Mitchell warned "this can happen to anyone."

Andrew Mitchell said the 'whole sorry affair has been immensely damaging to everyone involved' Credit: PA

"After nearly a year and a half my family and I are grateful to the IPCC for their statement issued today," Mr Mitchell said. "We are also very grateful to Channel 4 Dispatches for their role in exposing what happened. This whole sorry affair has been immensely damaging to everyone involved."

He added: "But above all it serves as a warning that if this can happen to a Cabinet Minister it can happen to anyone in Britain today."

Police watchdog condemns 'collusion' between officers

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has criticised "collusion" between officers involved in the 'plebgate' row.

Deborah Glass, chair of Police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission Credit: PA

Speaking after Pc Keith Wallis was jailed for 12 months for lying about witnessing the incident, the body's head Deborah Glass said: "The patchwork of evidence from emails, text messages and telephone calls does not suggest an organised conspiracy to bring down a Cabinet Minister.

"But there was clearly collusion between certain officers to, as they saw it, blow the whistle on bad behaviour toward one of their own, which ultimately had the same effect."

She added: "The actions of Pc Wallis - and the other officers responsible for turning a largely inaudible altercation lasting less than a minute into a national scandal - have not only caused injustice to Mr Mitchell, they have brought shame upon the police service.

"Now that the criminal proceedings have concluded it is important for the Metropolitan Police Service to proceed as quickly as possible to the misconduct hearings and to deal effectively with any underlying issues so that they can finally close the book on this sorry chapter."

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Met Police says sorry to public for 'Plebgate' Pc

Britain's most senior police officer, speaking after the sentencing of Pc Keith Wallis, said that the officer - who is one year away from retirement - would now be the subject of a misconduct process "as soon as possible".

Pc Wallis's actions have clearly fallen way below the standards that me, my fellow police officers and the public demand.

I expect my officers to serve the public without fear or favour. Where officers break the law they must expect to be held to account and answer for what they have done.

Yesterday I apologised personally to Mr Mitchell that an MPS officer clearly lied about seeing him behaving in a certain manner.

Today, I apologise to the public for Pc Wallis's behaviour.

– Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

Read: Met Police officer jailed for 12 months over 'Plebgate'

Two officers from the DPG have received final written warnings and a third officer has undergone management action in relation to inappropriate comments, the Met confirmed.

Wallis, along with four other officers from DPG, will be the subject of gross misconduct hearings due to start at the end of the month.

Met Police officer jailed for 12 months over 'Plebgate'

Pc Keith Wallis admitted lying about witnessing the "plebgate" row at Downing Street Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A Metropolitan Police officer has been jailed for 12 months after pleading guilty to a charge of misconduct in public office over the "plebgate" scandal last month.

Pc Keith Wallis, 53, falsely claimed in an email that he had witnessed an incident in Downing Street involving the former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell and other officers in September 2012.

Andrew Mitchell witness impact statement

Former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell wrote an impact statement ahead of Pc Keith Wallis' sentencing for misconduct in public office over the "plebgate" scandal.

Andrew Mitchell statement described the impact Pc Wallis' actions had on him.
Mr Mitchell said the email contributed to his "acute demoralisation and sense of isolation".

Met Police officer to be sentenced over 'Plebgate' row

Keith Wallis was the only officer to have been charged in connection with the 'plebgate' affair. Credit: PA

A Metropolitan Police officer will be sentenced today after pleading guilty to a charge of misconduct in public office over the "plebgate" scandal.

Pc Keith Wallis, 53, falsely claimed in an email that he had witnessed an incident in Downing Street involving the former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell and other officers in September 2012.

Last month, his offer to resign from the force was rejected by Scotland Yard, who said in a statement: "The deputy commissioner has refused to accept Pc Wallis's resignation and he will face a misconduct board in the coming weeks."

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