Oct 11 2012
Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell will attempt to defuse the rumbling row over his foul-mouthed outburst at the police by meeting representatives of his local force on Friday.
The senior Tory, whose decision to pull out of the party's conference in Birmingham failed to quell speculation over his future in the role, hopes it will help clear the air.
Mr Mitchell has apologised for abusing officers who prevented him cycling through the main gates of Downing Street and no further action is being taken by them.
Prime Minister David Cameron has called for a line to be drawn under the affair and senior police figures have also suggested it was time to move on.
But rank and file officers remain angry that Mr Mitchell continues to dispute the language the officers reported that he used - most controversially calling them "plebs".
Last month, police officers wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan "PC Pleb and Proud" protested outside Mr Mitchell's constituency office demanding a full inquiry.
Officers from three Police Federation branches, West Midlands, West Mercia and Warwickshire, congregated at the high street base in Sutton Coldfield.
Despite Mr Mitchell's no-show, the "pleb" row continued throughout the conference, with David Cameron and other senior politicians repeatedly pressed for further clarity over what was said.
It was also the subject of a stream of jokes throughout the party conference season, with even Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) president Sir Hugh Orde apparently unable to resist.
At a fringe meeting at the Tory gathering this week, he is reported to have suggested his organisation be renamed Police Leadership Executive Board - Pleb for short.