Vaz: Andrew Mitchell subjected to 'gross unfairness'

Labour MP Keith Vaz has said that a police officer's admission of misconduct over 'plebgate' is an acknowledgement of gross unfairness towards former chief whip Andrew Mitchell.

The Home Affairs Select Committee chairman said:

This plea is not only the first public acknowledgement that Mr Mitchell has been the subject of gross unfairness but it also an admission that a criminal offence has been committed against him.

With 11 other officers being subject to misconduct hearings, and the further investigation by the IPCC, this appears to be a complete vindication of Mr Mitchell's position.

Lessons have to be learnt in order to restore full public confidence in way these matters are dealt with.

Now is the time to turn the page on this whole unfortunate incident which took only 45 seconds, but has cost the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds, Mr Mitchell his job and damaged the reputation of the police.

– Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz

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