Clive Grunshaw, Labour’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in Lancashire, has called on Tory opponent Tim Ashton to condemn the abusive remarks Cabinet Minister Andrew Mitchell reportedly shouted at Downing Street police.
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.
Clive Grunshaw 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 job.
“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 Lancashire who are appalled by the Tory Chief Whip’s behaviour that when it comes to policing they are as out of touch as David Cameron’s government.
“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 cent 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 instil respect when he behaves like this and can’t even keep his cool?”