Andrew Mitchell has lost his ‘plebgate’ libel trial against The Sun, with the judge satisfied “on the balance of probabilities” that he told police guarding Downing Street words to the effect of: “Best you learn your f**king place … you don’t run this f**king government … you’re f**king plebs …” Mitchell himself admits to saying: “I thought […]

What you won’t be reading in tomorrow’s Currant Bun: Peter Jukes tweets what some Sun journalists apparently think of their readers, as exposed in evidence in the trial of former Murdoch staff over alleged corrupt payments to public officials. Poignantly enough, the case is running concurrently with Andrew Mitchell’s ‘Plebgate’ libel prosecution against the paper: BREAKING: in internal Sun email shown to jury, […]

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 […]

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 […]