The plot is rapidly thickening around the whole Andrew Mitchell and police incident. By the end of this matter, I suspect several reputations will have been severely damaged.

The email allegedly sent by a police officer, who was posing as a member of the public and an eyewitness to the incident, to his local MP John Randall is a quite remarkable document. It is well worth reading in full just to see the level of detail involved.

Those close to Mitchell stress that he is more interested in clearing his name rather than returning to the Cabinet or seeking legal redress. But I understand that this whole scandal might well reach a denouement quicker than anyone currently expects. We may soon find out what was actually said when the then Chief Whip attempted to leave Downing Street through the main gate back on the 19th of September.

Tags: Andrew Mitchell, chief whip, John Randall, Plebgate, UK politics