British official quits over clash with police
Published: October 19, 2012 12:02PM
Updated: October 19, 2012 12:02PM
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FILE This Thursday, May 13, 2010 file photo shows Andrew Mitchell, Britain' newly appointed Minister for International Development, and chief whip arriving at British Prime Minister David Cameron official residence at 10 Downing Street in central London, for the first cabinet meeting. The British government’s chief whip says Friday Oct. 19, 2012 he has resigned following a class-tainted row over a confrontation with police officers in which he was accused of a foul-mouthed tirade. Mitchell, a cyclist, was accused by police of confronting them angrily after they asked him to get off his bicycle to pass through gates. Police insisted Mitchell had used the word “pleb” _ a pejorative term for the working class, and a remark which was damaging for a government often characterized as lacking empathy with the poor. Mitchell acknowledged Friday he had sworn at police, but insisted he had not used the world “pleb.” (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

London • The British government’s chief whip says he has resigned following a confrontation with police officers in which he was accused of a foul-mouthed tirade.

Andrew Mitchell, a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Cabinet, quit Friday followings days of debate over his clash at the gates of Downing Street.

Mitchell was accused by police of confronting them angrily after they asked him to get off his bicycle to pass through gates.

Police insisted Mitchell had used the word “pleb” — a pejorative term for the working class, and a remark which was damaging for a government often characterized as lacking empathy with the poor.

Mitchell acknowledged Friday he had sworn at police, but insisted he had not used the world “pleb.”