Andrew Mitchell asks Met chief to release Plebgate transcripts
Former chief whip says disciplinary hearing evidence will show police officers understood how row could affect government.
A police officer involved in the Plebgate incident in Downing Street claimed that the confrontation could “topple the Tory government”, according to an account of a Metropolitan police disciplinary hearing attended by Andrew Mitchell.
The claim is described by allies of Mitchell as the “tip of an iceberg” of a series of texts and emails which challenge the police account of the notorious confrontation between the former chief whip and officers guarding the Downing Street gates in September 2012.
Mitchell has written to the Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, to ask him to release the full transcripts of a series of disciplinary hearings into the conduct of seven Met officers involved in, or linked to, the incident.
In his letter, Mitchell seeks to highlight the significance of some of the evidence when he writes that one of the officers in Downing Street on the night of the confrontation was quick to see the political significance of it.
The officer sent a text on 21 September, two days after the altercation and on the same day as the incident was revealed by the Sun, to say: “I can topple the Tory government.”
Mitchell says in his letter that the political nature of the incident was highlighted when an officer wrote after the incident that “the Fed need our help”, referring to the Police Federation.