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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Number 10: PM stands by initial 'Plebgate' review

"The Prime Minister remains of the view that it was the right review at the right time," is the answer Number 10 is giving to the Public Administration Committee's scathing report on the 'Plebgate' investigation.

The Committee says Mr Cameron should not have asked the overworked and under-qualified Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, to investigate.

It points out that the Adviser on Ministers' Interests, Sir Alex Allen, who has a background in intelligence, was the best man for the job.

Sir Jeremy's investigation did find that there were unanswered questions surrounding the affair. The Committee says he should have tried to answer them or find someone who could.

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