Andrew Mitchell apologises for tirade against police

After having a verbal altercation with a police office last week, Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell has put his outburst down to 'a long and frustrating day.'

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

We’ve all been there – a long and tough day at work that puts you on edge when you leave the office. But, unlike chief Tory whip Andrew Mitchell, luckily most of us aren’t subject to fierce public scrutiny. Last week the Sun and the police alleged that he called a police officer a ‘pleb’ and told him to ‘know his place’ in an argument about which gate he could leave Downing Street through on his bike.

With growing clamour for a statement of facts from Mitchell, and increasingly angry statements from police over the matter, Mitchell today said: ‘It had been the end of a long and extremely frustrating day, not that it is any excuse at all for what happened.’He added: ‘I did not show the police the amount of respect I should have done. We should all respect the police; they do an incredibly difficult job.’ 

Mitchell said he was hopeful that he could now ‘draw a line’ under the incident; especially since it comes just days after two police officers were shot dead in Manchester whilst responding to a burglary report. Very bad timing, Andrew. But here at MT we don't think it's a resigning matter...

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