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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MPs list number of errors in 'plebgate' inquiry

The Commons Public Administration Committee listed a number of errors in Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood's inquiry into former chief whip Andrew Mitchell's "plebgate" row.

They included:

  • The committee said it was "surprising" that Sir Jeremy had not been aware of a note of a conversation that the No 10 head of security and the Prime Minister's principal private secretary had with the officer concerned shortly after the incident.
  • They said it was "equally surprising" that he did not establish whether a reported leak of the police log was actually true.
  • Sir Jeremy should have advised David Cameron to refer the matter to the relevant police authorities so they could resolve any "discrepancies and inconsistencies", they added.

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