Tory Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell repeated his denials that he called a police officer a "pleb" in his resignation letter to David Cameron:
I did not, never have and never would call a police officer a "pleb" or a "moron" or use any of the other pejorative descriptions attributed to me.
The offending comments and the reason for my apology to the police was my parting remark "I thought you guys were supposed to f**king help us".
It was obviously very wrong of me to use such bad language and I am very sorry about it and grateful to the police officer for accepting my apology.
David Cameron admits it 'became apparent' to the former Chief Whip that he could no longer do his job. So why was it not apparent to the PM?
Government Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell has resigned after swearing at police guarding Downing Street.
Losing one's temper with a police officer would be excusable in most people, but for the Tory chief whip to do means so much more.