Andrew Mitchell

British politician (born 1956)

Andrew John Bower Mitchell (born 23 March 1956) is an English politician. He was born in Hampstead, London. He was appointed as Secretary of State for International Development on 12 May 2010,[1] and as a Privy Counsellor on 13 May 2010.[2] He is the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Sutton Coldfield constituency in the United Kingdom. He was first elected in the 1987 general election for the Gedling constituency but lost in 1997. He returned to parliament in the 2001 general election.

Andrew Mitchell

His father, David Mitchell (1928-2014), was also an MP.

He is a member of the Conservative Party.

In 2007 he started Project Umubano.

On 19 September 2012 he allegedly said to a police officer, 'You don't run this fucking government.... You're fucking plebs.'[3] The media called what happened 'Plebgate'.


  1. "Andrew Mitchell appointed Secretary of State". DFID. 2010-05-12. Archived from the original on 2010-10-22. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  2. "Privy Council appointments, 13 May 2010". Privy Council. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
  3. Winnett, Robert (24 September 2012). "Police log reveals details of Andrew Mitchell's 'pleb' rant" – via