Andrew Mitchell is a Laughing Stock

In what is shaping up to be the most tempestuous Tory conferences in half a decade, discipline is out of the window as Andrew Mitchell announces he is unable to attend in the wake of gate-gate. For the Chief Whip to be forced to hide under a rock is both a humiliation and a real problem for the PM. Mitchell apparently does not want to be a distraction. That’s going well…

UPDATE: Coincidently, look who has popped up:

UPDATE II: Twitter users point out that Mitchell’s constituency is the closest Tory seat to the conference venue…




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