David Davis comments on the hearing of Keith Walllis and James Glanville over the ‘Plebgate Affair’


As published as in the Daily Mail:
Two police officers sacked by Scotland Yard for their role in Plebgate which cost Andrew Mitchell his job

• Keith Wallis and James Glanville dismissed for gross misconduct
• Ex-chief whip Andrew Mitchell attended Scotland Yard hearings
• Wallis was jailed for 12 months for claiming to have witnessed incident
• Glanville leaked the police log to the media but was not charge by police

Two Metropolitan Police officers were sacked today for their involvement in plebgate.

Keith Wallis and James Glanville were dismissed for gross misconduct over the incident at the gates of Downing Street which cost Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell his job.
Scotland Yard said the officers were both dismissed without notice.

Mr Mitchell lost his temper after being told he could not ride his bicycle through the main gates on September 19, 2012.

He became embroiled in a heated confrontation with another police officer, Toby Rowland, and admits swearing but denies calling officers ‘plebs’.

Mr Mitchell was forced to quit the government after a month of intense media interest in the story.
Today he attended the hearings into the two officers as an interested party.

Three weeks ago Wallis was jailed for 12 months for lying about witnessing the Plebgate row.
He had sent an email to Conservative deputy chief whip John Randall, who was his MP, wrongly claiming that he had seen what happened.

The officer from the Metropolitan Police diplomatic protection group earlier pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to misconduct in a public office.

In a statement today Scotland Yard said it had stopped paying Wallis on the day he was sentenced at the Old Bailey on February 6.

The second officer to be sacked today was James Glanville, who was a serving PC in the diplomatic protection group.

He was not on duty at the time of the Plebgate incident but he passed information about it to the Sun newspaper.

He was arrested on January 31 last year on suspicion of leaking information to the media but in November was told he would not be charged.

The Met statement added: ‘He later provided the newspaper a photo of PC Toby Rowland’s email that he sent to his supervisors, which he got from another colleague who had been on duty at Downing Street that night.

‘He subsequently lied about his actions in statements given to detectives from the Alice team.’
Assistant Commissioner Simon Byrne found Glanville breached Standards of Professional Behaviour ‘in relation to honesty and integrity; confidentiality; orders and instructions; duties and responsibilities; and discreditable conduct’.

Granville had been suspended from duty since his arrest and was today sacked.
Tory MP David Davis, an ally of Mr Mitchell, also attended the hearings.

He said he was ‘a representative of the public, and I’m going there to see justice done’.

He told Sky News: ‘This has been a very, very long and very harmful episode for Mr Mitchell, it’s effectively destroyed a 25-year career, so quite proper that he be there, and indeed, in this day and age, the role of a victim in court is very much greater for that reason, to make sure that justice is done and is done properly, as I think it was today.

‘The sadness is that it wasn’t actually done in public.’