Boris 'interested' to see Mitchell threatened with arrest
Boris Johnson has said he was "interested" to see that the police threatened to arrest Andrew Mitchell for his controversial outburst last week.
The official police log of the confrontation between the Chief Whip and officers in Downing Street appears to confirm that Mr Mitchell called the officers "plebs" and was then threatened with arrest.
In comments due to be broadcast by ITV London Tonight: "In my book you shouldn’t abuse police officers."
He agreed that anyone swearing at a police officer should expect to be arrested, saying: "Absolutely and I’m very interested to see from the paper this morning that actually there was an offer to arrest Andrew Mitchell."
At a fringe event at the Liberal Democrat conference today, Irene Curtis, President Elect of the Police superintendents association, expressed frustration that Mr Mitchell has not made clear what language he used to a Downing St police officer. She said said that by challenging the officer's account the Chief Whip was "questioning his integrity".
Meanwhile Yvette Cooper has accused the Government of a "cover-up" over Mr Mitchell's Downing Street outburst.
The full 442-word police log of the incident, published in today's Daily Telegraph, alleges Mr Mitchell swore a number of times and was threatened with arrest after using the term, before cycling off telling officers they "haven't heard the last of this".
Labour's Shadow Home Secretary said it was now time for Mr Mitchell to reveal exactly what he said, and repeated calls for an investigation into the matter.
"It now looks like there's a cover-up going on and I think both Andrew Mitchell and the Prime Minister needs to tell us what's happening," she told ITV's Daybreak.