“Friends of Andrew Mitchell” have kicked into action, briefing Tim Shipman of the Mail that his rant was not “overheard by the public. It was a few muttered comments”. They/he also denies the use of the word “pleb” but “not getting into the rest of it”. The damage is done though.
Friends of Mitch also remind us that he is a 'former shadow police minister'. Perilously close to: 'Some of my best mates are coppers'
— Tim Shipman (@ShippersUnbound) September 21, 2012
Where he said: “We need more respect and more police on the streets.”
The Sun stands by its story on Andrew Mitchell today in full. Downing St police did report to superiors that he called them "f***ing plebs".
— Sun Politics (@SunPolitics) September 21, 2012