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."
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.