ANGRY police officers have urged the Prime Minister to consider sacking Birmingham MP Andrew Mitchell, after he admitted abusing officers the day after two women Pcs were shot dead.
Mr Mitchell, the Conservative MP for Sutton Coldfield and Chief Whip in David Cameron’s government, apologised for launching an angry tirade at cops guarding the gates to Downing Street.
But the chair of West Midlands Police Federation, which represents officers in the region, said any police officer could face the sack if they abused members of the public – and Mr Mitchell should be treated in the same way.
The MP, aged 56, was leaving Downing Street on his bicycle when he had a confrontation with officers who refused to open the main gates to Downing Street so he could cycle out.
Instead, they asked him to use a side gate designed for pedestrians, which meant getting off his bike and pushing.
According to a newspaper report, Mr Mitchell called the police “morons”.
He is reported to have told the officers: “Best you learn your f****** place. You don’t run this f****** government.
“You’re f****** plebs.”
Mr Mitchell, a former army officer and banker, has admitted he behaved badly but insists he did not use those words.
Ian Edwards, the chair of the West Midlands Police Federation, said: “If I had treated Andrew Mitchell in the way he treated those officers, I would be called to account and certainly my job may be at risk if I’d abused him, if I’d sworn at him, if that is the case. I think that that should go across the board.”
One of the few people willing to defend the MP was Matt Bennett, the Conservative candidate for the post of West Midlands Police Commissioner, who was challenged to condemn the comments by Labour.
Mr Bennett said: “It is only human for people to have these moments of anger and say things they do not mean. The sensible thing to do would be for us to accept this and move on.”
Mr Mitchell said in a statement: “While I do not accept that I used any of the words that have been reported, I accept I did not treat the police with the respect they deserve.”
He apologised to the officer at the receiving end of his diatribe in a phone conversation.
The row took place on Wednesday, the day after two police officers, Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, were shot dead in Hattersley, Greater Manchester, prompting an outpouring of sympathy across the country.
And it caused embarrassment for the Prime Minister, who was in Manchester to show his support for the police.
Asked about the incident, Mr Cameron said: “What Andrew Mitchell said and what he did was not appropriate. It was wrong and it is right that he has apologised."