Tonight’s double resignation – with Cabinet Office minister Chloe Smith and deputy chief whip John Randall jumping within minutes of each other left the gagging bill rudderless and made a monday morning reshuffle look likely. But could it also signify a return to office for Andrew “Plebgate” Mitchell? Chloe Smith was in charge of the […]

The Tories’ former chief whip Andrew Mitchell and his GP wife are at the centre of a row over financial conflicts of interest in a body which took control of £302 million of NHS money earlier this month. Mitchell’s wife Dr Sharon Bennett is a member of a London-based clinical commissioning group, a lynchpin of the government’s […]

Right-wing Tory backbencher Christopher Chope is probably wishing he had chosen his words better at Business Questions this morning: Tory MP Christopher Chope let’s the cat out of the bag by referring to HoC waiters and waitresses as ‘servants!’ #HoCquestions — Angela Eagle (@angelaeagle) January 17, 2013 In contrast with Andrew Mitchell’s contested “pleb” outburst, […]

A Tory backbencher has described Andrew Mitchell as “effectively castrated” after a bruising PMQs and meeting of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers yesterday. But the “f***ing plebs” MP lived to offend another day after an operation to save his skin by party top brass. Angry MPs were begged not to speak out against Mitchell by 1922 […]

Labour will this afternoon call for Andrew Mitchell’s pay packet to be docked by £1,000. Though the motion is unlikely to be given parliamentary time, it will add to pressure on the chief whip, whose position is widely viewed as untenable since his “f***ing plebs” rant at police. Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk, who will move the motion, […]

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 […]

Arrogant Andrew Mitchell made a second attempt to bring his bicycle through Downing Street’s main gates, just 12 hours after he called police officers “plebs”. The Tory chief somehow managed to keep his temper in check the second time he tried the route, which has been prohibited to pedestrians for security reasons. But the police […]