It andrew heywood politics pdf notoriety initially for the conduct claimed of Mitchell and again two months later when, subsequent to Mitchell’s resignation, CCTV and other evidence was revealed which appeared to call into question some of the evidence against Mitchell. Mitchell apologised but denied using the words claimed and in particular calling police officers “plebs”. However, finding his position untenable amid the media storm surrounding the incident, he resigned from office a month later. The story returned to the headlines again in December 2012, when CCTV footage was released to the media which threw into doubt the police version of events and when it was revealed that an email purporting to be from a member of the public, which had backed up the accounts given in the official police log, was actually sent by a serving police officer who had not been present at the scene.
The Metropolitan Police investigated the incident as Operation Alice. Mitchell at his constituency office in October 2012, and that the findings of a subsequent investigation had been changed just in time to recommend no disciplinary action be taken against them.
After both Home Secretary Theresa May and Prime Minister David Cameron criticised the conduct of the officers involved, the officers issued a statement in which they apologised for misleading the public. At the Old Bailey, PC Keith Wallis subsequently admitted falsely claiming to have witnessed the incident and was sentenced to 12 months in prison. On the evening of Wednesday 19 September 2012, at approximately 7:30 pm, Mitchell left the office of the Chief Whip at 9 Downing Street, famously the street containing the official residence of the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer and therefore under heavy security.
Mitchell, who was cycling, swore when a police officer told him to exit Downing Street through the pedestrian gate rather than by the main gate. Best you learn your fucking place.
On Thursday 20 September, before the incident was publicly reported, an email was also received by John Randall, MP, the Government’s Deputy Chief Whip. It appeared to offer independent corroboration of the version of events in the police log. This email later proved to be quite false and in fact came from a police officer who had not been present. These allegations became known in the media as “Plebgate”.