Mitchell: I lost support of colleagues over 'Plebgate'

In a victim impact statement, former chief whip Andrew Mitchell told of his "acute demoralisation and sense of isolation" leading up to his resignation over the 'Plebgate' affair.

Read: Andrew Mitchell witness impact statement

He described being "devastated" to learn of Pc Keith Wallis' email to his deputy John Randall and said it led to a "very difficult" conversation with Prime Minister David Cameron: "During which he told me that he had seen the email and that I would have to go."

I protested my innocence and after a tense conversation lasting around six minutes he [David Cameron] agreed to instigate an investigation through Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood.

As I understand it, Sir Jeremy's investigation revealed that Mr Wallis's email was not a reliable basis on which to sack me from the Cabinet because of inconsistencies within it.

The story continued to roll in the media for many days, during which I slowly lost the support of many Parliamentary colleagues.

– Andrew Mitchell


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.