Sun: PC guilty plea 'a red herring to the main event'

The Sun's Political Editor Tom Newton Dunn, who broke the original 'plebgate' story, has claimed the police officer's admission today to falsifying witnessing the row, was merely "a red herring to the main event": the Downing Street PC who alleged Andrew Mitchell called him a "pleb".

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Worth remembering Keith Wallis's part in #Plebgate came a day after the row at gates. So a red herring to main event; if Mitchell said pleb.

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Also worth remembering PC Toby Rowland, who made 'pleb' allegation, has been fully vindicated by Met/CPS/IPCC, + he is still suing Mitchell.

A Sun spokesman said: "We stand by our story and will defend Mr Mitchell's claim vigorously".

Mr Mitchell is suing the paper for libel.

In a statement, he said: "I am pleased that justice has been done in a criminal court today....I am looking forward to seeing justice done in the up to 10 other related disciplinary cases involving police officers"

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Met Police officer jailed for 12 months over 'plebgate' affair

A Metropolitan Police officer has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of misconduct in public office over the "plebgate" scandal.