The Westminster grapevine is buzzing with the latest rumours about the truth of ‘pleb-gate’. There are legal limits to what we can say. But a few things seem certain.

Andrew Mitchell’s friends believe he is on the cusp of vindication. On the Today Programme just now, David Davis called for him to be returned to high office as soon as possible.

Davis also claimed that Mitchell had not been able to handle the matter in the way that he wanted to because of constraints imposed on him by people around the Prime Minister. One lesson of the Mitchell affair is that the only person who can really defend a politician when his integrity is under attack, is the politician himself.

Personally, I suspect that it is more likely that Mitchell is appointed to some international job — possibly at the United Nations or the European Commission — rather than returning to the Cabinet.

Tags: Andrew Mitchell, Conservatives, UK politics, Whips