Andrew Mitchell has claimed one of the police officers involved in the so-called ‘Plebgate’ row in Downing Street boasted she could “topple the Tory government”.
The former Tory chief whip made the allegation as he asked the Metropolitan Police to release the full transcripts of gross misconduct hearings into the officers.
Three have already been dismissed over the confrontation between Mr Mitchell and police that centred on whether he could cycle through the main gates of Downing Street.
But there are two misconduct hearings that have not yet reached their conclusions.
Scotland Yard has rejected the politician’s call for full disclosure, saying such hearings are legally private and it does not want to jeopardise the two outstanding cases, one of which is part heard.
Mr Mitchell claimed a female officer boasted to a friend she could bring down the Government and was textingabout her involvement in the affair as it became public two days after the September 19 dispute.
The Tory MP also claimed officers on duty were colluding with the Police Federation to fan the flames for political reasons, shown in a text/email exchange saying “the Fed need our help”.
As well as full transcripts of the hearings, the politician has also asked Met Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to release text messages and other communications between officers, and the full CCTV of the incident.
Mr Mitchell wrote: “Surely it must be right to release the CCTV and let the public and journalists draw their own conclusions from what it shows.”
He continued: “I am deeply concerned that if any of this information is withheld, and any hint of a cover-up is left in the public mind, a signal will be sent that the police can get away with doing this to people who would have no chance to fight back and public confidence will be yet further undermined.”
But the Met Policesaid: “Statutory regulations govern police misconduct proceedings and state they are considered a private process.
“As such the information raised at misconduct hearings is treated as confidential. However, the MPS has already stated publicly that a report detailing the Operation Alice investigation will be published in due course.
“We also intend to publish the summary reports from the chair of the gross misconduct boards.”
20 May 2014 | 11:08 pm – Source: orange.co.uk