- Backbenchers complain to influential 1922 Committee
- Local Tories complain it’s hit them on the doorstep
- Rumours sweep conference that top brass want him out
The row over Andrew Mitchell’s abuse of Downing Street police refuses to fade, with news that backbench MPs have written to the 1922 Committee to complain. The involvement of the influential group of MPs underscores suggestions that the chief whip is now unable to perform his duties — enforcing party discipline.
Mitchell was even ordered to stay away from Tory conference this week despite being the only MP to hold a seat in the city. One Tory MP even complained that the plebs are now using the word “pleb”:
“This business is doing us lasting harm. The word ‘pleb’ seems to have passed into common parlance.”
The Sun reports that “jokers” (aka The Sun political team) have distributed fake conference passes emblazoned with Mitchell’s photo and the words “Let me through you f****** pleb”.
Two weeks after the event, Mitchell’s outburst is still news — but can Cameron sack him now after publicly backing him over the police?