Allegedly the notebook says this about the incident:
“Whilst on duty at *** tonight (Wed 19th Sept) on a 1400-2200 hrs between the hours of 1800-2000 I had to deal with a man claiming to be the chief whip and who I later confirmed to be such and a Mr Andrew Mitchell.
“Mr Mitchell was speaking to PC ******** demanding exit through the main vehicle gate into Whitehall.
“PC ******** explained to Mr Mitchell that the policy was for pedal cycles to use the side pedestrian exit. Mr Mitchell refused, stating he was the chief whip and he always used the main gates.
“I explained to Mr Mitchell that the policy was to use the side pedestrian gates and that I was happy to open those for him, but that no officer present would be opening the main gates as this was the policy we were directed to follow.
“Mr Mitchell refused. Repeatedly reiterating he was the chief whip. My exact explanation to Mr Mitchell was ‘I am more than happy to open the side pedestrian gate for you, sir, but it is policy that we are not to allow cycles through the main vehicle entrance.’
“After several refusals Mr Mitchell got off his bike and walked to the pedestrian gate with me after I again offered to open that for him.
“There were several members of public present as is the norm opposite the pedestrian gate and as we neared it, Mr Mitchell said: ‘Best you learn your f****** place … you don’t run this f****** government … You’re f****** plebs.’
“The members of public looked visibly shocked and I was somewhat taken aback by the language used and the view expressed by a senior government official. I cannot say if this statement was aimed at me individually, or the officers present or the police service as a whole.
“I warned Mr Mitchell that he should not swear, and if he continued to do so I would have no option but to arrest him under the Public Order Act, saying ‘Please don’t swear at me Sir. If you continue to I will have no option but to arrest you under the public order act’.
“Mr Mitchell was then silent and left saying ‘you haven’t heard the last of this’ as he cycled off.
“I forward this to you as all officers were extremely polite to Mr Mitchell, but such behaviour and verbal expressions could lead to the unfortunate situation of officers being left no option but to exercise their powers.
“I write this for your information as Mr Mitchell’s last comments would appear to indicate that he is unhappy with my actions. I have recorded this fully in my pocket book.”
Andrew Mitchell said yesterday:
I would like first of all to reiterate the apology I made last week after the incident on Wednesday night in Downing Street.
It had been the end of a long and extremely frustrating day – not that that is any excuse at all for what happened.
I didn’t show the police the amount of respect I should have done. We should all respect the police, they do an incredibly difficult job.
I have apologised to the police, I have apologised to the police officer involved on the gate and he’s accepted my apology and I hope very much that we can draw a line under it there.”
Asked if he had called officers plebs, the Chief Whip claimed:
“I am very clear about what I said and what I didn’t say. And I want to make it absolutely clear that I did not use the words attributed to me.”
So the crux of the matter is Andrew Mitchell is saying he didn’t use the word Pleb and a Police Officer has noted in his official notebook he did…. so someone is lying.
If not one but two Police Officers are lying then they should be facing a disciplinary. And if Mitchell is lying (which I suspect he is) then either Cameron sacks him or he resigns. There is no way this man can keep his job as Tory Chief Whip if he is lying about the incident.
Now some bystanders heard this argument and what was said, so now they should be tracked down and have witness statements taken and this incident should be fully investigated. We can’t have lying politicians and we most certainly can’t have lying policemen… One side is telling the truth and the other porkies.. now which one?
And even worst still if the Police ARE telling the truth, what does that go to say about the Tory Government, especially Mr Mitchell, and how he sees those people beneath him..
So no Mr Mitchell, a line can’t be drawn underneath this situation until the person who is lying is exposed… and the way you are twisting and manipulating words I have a distinct feeling that you might be the one who is not quite telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Oh by the way Proud to be a Pleb.