New MPs made it clear that Andrew Mitchell had to resign

Andrew Mitchell's fate was decided by a group of Tory MPs in what is being dubbed as the "battle of the tea room", reports the Independent on Sunday.

The Chief Whip resigned on Friday, four weeks after his rant at police officers.

Witnesses to the turbulent scenes in the Commons tea room and the 1922 Committee meeting last week said the majority of the 148 MPs elected to Westminster two years ago "signed his death warrant" by draining support from the Chief Whip.

One senior figure said Mr Mitchell had "completely misunderstood" the ferocity of "the 2010", as they are referred to in Westminster.

The group, making up about half the Tory parliementary party, was instrumental in Mr Mitchell's decision to resign over "plebgate".

– Jane Merrick, The Independent on Sunday