The Guardian is reporting that Andrew Mitchell was forced to resign in a revolt by young MPs lead by Tory grandee Lord Tebbit.
The revelation comes as Lord Tebbit writes in tomorrow's Observer criticising the coalition for a lack of competence:
"This dog of a coalition government has let itself be given a bad name and now anybody can beat it. It has let itself be called a government of unfeeling toffs.
"Past governments have had far more real Tory toffs: prime ministers Alec Douglas-Home and Harold Macmillan, or even in Thatcher's day, Whitelaw, Soames, Hailsham, Carrington, Gowrie, Joseph, Avon, Trenchard and plenty more, without incurring similar abuse."
"The abiding sin of the government is not that some ministers are rich, but that it seems unable to manage its affairs competently."