'PLEBGATE', the incident which cost government chief whip Andrew Mitchell his job, flared up again last night (Tuesday) and Eastcote was the spark.
Now Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP John Randall (pictured left) is in the eye of the storm 'just for doing his job'.
Channel Four's exclusive report on its 7pm news bulletin claimed the man arrested at the weekend in connection with the episode is a serving police officer who lives in the Cavendish ward in Eastcote, part of Mr Randall's constituency.
The man is believed to be a member of the Diplomatic Protection Group but was not on duty in Downing Street on the day, according to Channel Four.
The programme also reported how a member of the public had emailed Mr Randall a few days after the incident, claiming to have been a witness to the Downing Street bust up of September 19 when Mr Mitchell swore at officers guarding the gate to the street.
The emailer claimed to have been there with his nephew and witnessed the whole thing. Channel Four has claimed the emailer and the arrested man are one and the same. It said the man had since admitted that he was not in the area at the time.
In the email, said to have been sent from Eastcote, the man said: "Other people/tourists standing with us were also shocked and some were even, inadvertently, filming the incident..."
Mr Mitchell told Channel Four: "It's very convincing - unless you know it's untrue, as I do - and it was clearly aimed to destabilise me and finish me off by sending it into the heart of government to my deputy and could easily have done so very fast."
Mr Mitchell (pictured below) has always accepted he swore but denies using the word 'pleb'. He says CCTV images will vindicate him and that they cast doubt on the claims made in the email, which was instrumental in bringing about his downfall.
It was passed to Number 10 by Mr Randall - who is Tory Party deputy chief whip - in order to further the investigation into the incident. It is not thought the emailer knew Mr Randall's government role and contacted him as his MP.
Mr Randall told the Gazette: "It is very regrettable that I find myself in the centre of the storm just for doing my job as a constituency MP and deputy chief whip."
He said he is fully supporting the police enquiry and spent several hours this week giving a statement to officers.
"I hope the matter will be resolved shortly for all persons connected," he said.