Home Affairs Committee


Members of the Home Affairs Select Committee took further evidence from officers from the police federation about the "plebgate" row on 5 November 2013.

The police officers were previously called in front of the committee on Wednesday 23 October to answer questions about their role in the row in October 2012, which led to the resignation of former Government Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell.

In October 2012 three officers from the police federation met Mr Mitchell in his constituency so he could give an account of what happened at the gates of Downing Street. It was alleged that Mr Mitchell had called police officers who worked on the gate "plebs".

It was later found that this account was false. The three officers from the police federation gave media interviews following their meeting with Mr Mitchell where they said the MP had not given a full account of the incident.

A recording that was made at the meeting showed Mr Mitchell did give an account of the incident and denied calling police officers "plebs".

In the previous session the officers from the police federation refused to offer an apology to Mr Mitchell, although the Chief Constables of Warwickshire, West Mercia and West Midlands police did apologise.

The committee will also briefly take evidence on black market tobacco products as part of an ongoing investigation.

The committee heard evidence from witnesses including:

Panel 1

  • DS Stuart Hinton, Warwickshire Police Federation
  • Sgt Chris Jones, West Midlands Police Federation

Panel 2

  • Paul Williams, Head of Corporate Affairs UK, JTI
  • Steve Payne, Anti-illicit Trade Government Communications, JTI

Panel 3

  • Dame Anne Owers, Chair, Independent Police Complaints Commission
  • Rachel Cerfontyne, Deputy Chair, Independent Police Complaints Commission

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