Blackburn MP Jack Straw in call for police chiefs to apologise over 'Plebgate' (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Blackburn MP Jack Straw in call for police chiefs to apologise over 'Plebgate'
4:44pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
BLACKBURN MP Jack Straw is calling for three police chiefs to apologise after criticism for failing to discipline officers accused of discrediting former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell.
The chief constables of West Mercia, Warwickshire and West Midlands Police have refused to back down and will now go before a committee of MPs to explain why.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said a misconduct case should have been launched against three officers accused of giving a false account of a meeting with Mr Mitchell.
It followed a row with police officers when Mr Mitchell was stopped riding his bicycle through the gates of Downing Street in September last year.
He was accused of using the word ‘pleb’ which he denies.
Afterwards senior officers from three forces said he refused to elaborate on the incident and should resign.
Mr Mitchell, who later quit, produced a tape to the IPCC proving he explained the events.
Mr Straw said: “The three chief constables should apologise. This raises the issue of police honesty and affects these officers’ credibility. This could be corrosive.”
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