FILE This May 17, 2011 file photo Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell arrives at Downing Street, London, on his bike. The British government’s chief whip says Friday Oct. 19, 2012 he

 

              FILE This May 17, 2011 file photo Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell arrives at Downing Street, London, on his bike. The British government’s chief whip says Friday Oct. 19, 2012 he
FILE This May 17, 2011 file photo Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell arrives at Downing Street, London, on his bike. The British government’s chief whip says Friday Oct. 19, 2012 he has resigned following a class-tainted row over a confrontation with police officers in which he was accused of a foul-mouthed tirade. Mitchell, a cyclist, was accused by police of confronting them angrily after they asked him to get off his bicycle to pass through gates. Police insisted Mitchell had used the word “pleb” _ a pejorative term for the working class, and a remark which was damaging for a government often characterized as lacking empathy with the poor. Mitchell acknowledged Friday he had sworn at police, but insisted he had not used the world “pleb.” (AP Photo/ Yui Mok/PA Wire) UNITED KINGDOM OUT