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PMQs: Labour will be out for blood on Andrew Mitchell

17 October 2012

The first Prime Minister’s Questions after the conference season is more important than most: the House and the press gallery are looking to see who has come back with a spring in their step. But today’s session has an added element to it: the Andrew Mitchell factor.

Labour attempted to have a go at the chief whip at Home Office questions on Monday. But with the Chamber only half full, it fell a bit flat. Today, though, the House will be packed and Ed Miliband’s party will be out for blood.

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I expect Mitchell himself will deal with it quite resolutely. Friends say that the iron has entered his soul and that he’s convinced he’s the victim of a media witch hunt based on an inaccurate police version of events which is now being exploited by the Police Federation for political ends.

Over the next few weeks, I expect that Miliband will try to use Mitchell as the Prime Minister used David Miliband in the months after the Labour leadership election. Every time Cameron appears to be getting the better of things, Miliband will try to hit back with a reference to ‘gate-gate’.

One thing Cameron must avoid is any reference to Labour ‘preaching one nation but practising class war’. That would make things far too easy for Miliband.

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  • Enoch Thatcher

    The Police and security services run this country. Know your place posh boy!

  • ReefKnot

    Calling somebody a Pleb is no worse than calling somebody a Toff.

  • James102

    Mitchell is unsuitable for front line politics in this day and age.
    The fact that Cameron can’t see this or is unable to deal with it is a concern as it shows his own lack of judgement.
    The cleanest way is for Mitchell to resign “for the sake of the party”. It may just be he is refusing to go and Cameron feels unable to sack him, in which case the parliamentary party needs to make it clear Mitchell has lost too much credibility to continue.

    • ButcombeMan

      Mitchell lost his temper with an absurd jobsworth Police Office and has been fitted up by criminal activity in MetPol, the deliberate leaking of police documents. True or not. It hardly matters

      Tony Blair decieved the nation into an illegal war and let Brown ruin the nation.

      Gordon Brown mismanaged our economy for 10 of his 13 years in power-(he also called a reasonable voter-“a bigot”).

      David Laws fiddled tax payers money.

      Mitchell was a prat, but his minor misdemeanour pales by comparison.

      Red Ed made a political mistake-he is flogging a dead horse. Mitchell will not go, nor should he. This is political chaff.

      There are serious events in the world, Israel/Iran & Syria, what the Uk does about Europe, does Gove have Cameron’s support for what he said on Europe. The economy.

      A sense of proportion helps James.

  • In2minds

    And let’s not forget that under Labour it’s one nation but many ghettoes.

  • Holby18

    Utterly predictable and boring. We have moved on from the incident – we out here have made statements that we later regret. The Police Federation have assisted David Cameron – they have milked the incident to further their own aims. They hate Winsor, pension changes and having to cope within budgets. I do not think Mr Mitchell should resign and I no longer watch PMQs. It may be exciting for journalists and MPs but is a dreadful reflection of what government should be about. Too many silly boys trying to score silly points…..

  • Cogito Ergosum

    If anything, the behaviour of the Police Federation has justified the remarks that Thrasher “did not make” about effing plebs.

  • In2minds

    ” Ed Miliband’s party will be out for blood”, his MPs might be but not Chris Mullin.

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