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MPs criticise 'plebgate' inquiry

Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood was sharply criticised by The Commons Public Administration Committee for his investigation into former chief whip Andrew Mitchell's "plebgate" row with Downing Street police officers.

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Cabinet Secretary not 'appropriate' for 'plebgate' inquiry

Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood was criticised for his report into Andrew Mitchell's (above) "plebgate" row. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Commons Public Administration Committee chairman Bernard Jenkin, said: "This underlines the all-too-obvious truth that investigations into ministerial misconduct are not an appropriate role for the Cabinet Secretary to undertake.

"Given time, attention and with his relevant experience, Sir Alex Allan (a former chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee) might well have uncovered the truth."

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