Val Morris-Cook, Labour’s candidate for Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, has called on her Tory opponent to condemn the abusive remarks Cabinet Minister Andrew Mitchell reportedly shouted at Downing
The Tory Chief Whip reportedly told police “Best you learn your f***ing place. You don’t run this f***ing government” and “you’re f***ing plebs” because they wouldn’t let him pedal his bike out of Downing Street.
Val Morris-Cook said: “It’s disgusting to think a Cabinet Minister could use this sort of disgusting language to police officers simply because they are doing their
“I hope my Conservative opponent will join me in condemning publicly Andrew Mitchell’s abuse toward police officers. If they do not it is a clear signal to those across Essex who are appalled by the Tory Chief Whip’s behaviour that when it comes to policing they are as out of touch as David
“Andrew Mitchell’s nasty, disrespectful behaviour reveals that when it comes to policing, David Cameron and this Tory-led Government don’t get it.
Their 20 per cuts to policing are leading to the loss of at least 15,000 police officers across the country. The people who brought us the millionaire tax cut while raiding pensioners’ pockets are just as out of touch when it comes to policing.”
Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:
“These are appalling reports. No one should treat police officers or public servants in this way. And the idea that a Cabinet Minister could behave like this towards police officers doing their job is an utter disgrace. It tells you all you need to know about this out of touch Government and its attitude to public servants.
“Downing Street clearly have a lot of questions to answer. They must make clear exactly what happened, including what was said and whether the deeply offensive language reported was used. How can a Chief Whip hope to do his job or instill respect when he behaves like this and can’t even keep his cool?”