Andrew Mitchell resignation: A setback for Cameron


Andrew Mitchell has resigned as the government Chief Whip.

He asked to see the Prime Minister after he returned from the EU Summit in Brussels.

I spoke to Mr Mitchell while he was still at the prime minister's country retreat and he told me that he no longer felt he could be an effective chief whip responsible for the discipline of Conservative MPs.

He had reached this conclusion after spending four days back in the House of Commons following the party conferences.

During that time he was the focus of Ed Miliband's questioning of the prime minister at question time in the Commons and the subject of a debate amongst Tory backbenchers about whether he could stay.

In addition, his Deputy John Randall had a meeting with the prime minister in Number 10 after some critics of Mr Mitchell claimed that he would resign if his boss didn't.

This is a serious setback for David Cameron as he held onto Mr Mitchell instead of sacking him straight after his angry clash with a policeman on the gates of Downing Street.

The prime minister repeatedly insisted that his Chief Whip had apologised, the apology had been accepted and that was the end of the matter. It wasn't.

Mr Mitchell will not be doing interviews but will, he tells me, seek to deliver a personal resignation statement in the Commons early next week.

Nick Robinson Article written by Nick Robinson Nick Robinson Political editor

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    Comment number 117.

    another political storm in a tea cup wound up by nick robinson and his type who live in the Westminster bubble. Most normal people could not care less, but these self important windbags have nothing else better to do. Since the election his type are just waiting for the next non story to get worked up about. This is why nobody bothers to vote.

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    Comment number 116.


    I am simply not surprised at this.

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    Comment number 115.

    If I had sworn at a police officer without using pleb I would have been arrested on a public order offense, why wasn't Mitchell? He should have been sacked on the spot.

    My guess is he was given an ultimatum, sort it or go, it isn't like ministers to resign, they'll cling like barnacle's on their jobs.

    He's a grown man, a servant of the crown. He could have said, "Oh, OK" but he chose not to.

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    Comment number 114.

    113.Eddy from Waring

    Who cares in some ways what they do/do not think. It is sheer incompetance of the Coalition that bugs disaster after another, one resignation after another, one u turn after another, one off the hoof policy annoucement after another......

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    Comment number 113.

    I think his resignation misrepresents the tories.

    I'd be quite surprised if a large section of them didn't hold identical views of the average person.


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