Prime Minister David Cameron may restore Andrew Mitchell, the U.K. minister who resigned over alleged insults to police, to office if new evidence exonerates him, a person familiar with the premier’s thinking said.
Andrew Mitchell, responsible for enforcing discipline among David Cameron’s Conservative lawmakers, quit after weeks of pressure over a verbal attack on police. The U.K. premier named George Young, a veteran lawmaker, to replace him.
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron remained cautious about any move to reinstate former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell to a government job after police made two arrests in a probe linked to the events that sparked his resignation.
Former Conservative Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell, who was forced to resign his U.K. cabinet position after police said he called them “plebs” and swore at them, spoke of the toll the allegations took on his life.
U.K. Cabinet Secretary Jeremy Heywood, the government’s most senior civil servant, said he and Prime Minister David Cameron see no need for any further investigation into an altercation between Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell and a police officer last week.
U.K. lawmakers criticized the country’s top civil servant over the inadequacy of a probe into allegations that led to the resignation of Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Cabinet.
A second man has been arrested in an investigation linked to allegations that led to the resignation in October of Andrew Mitchell as chief whip of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party in Parliament.