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Monday 15th October 2012 | 08:57
It's Back to School for the Commons and Labour has a stunt in store for Andrew Mitchell, I hear.
The party will today or tomorrow table a motion calling for the Chief Whip's salary to be docked by £1,000 - roughly equivalent to the amount he would be fined in a magistrates court for swearing at a police officer.
Under Section 5 of the Public Order Act, Magistrates guidelines suggest that anyone convicted of the offence faces a fine equivalent to 50-125% of their weekly income.
Mitchell's salary as Chief Whip is over £79,000 and his weekly income from it is around £1,533, Labour estimates.
A Labour source says: "If David Cameron is not going to act on Andrew Mitchell's mess, then Parliament should."
If there is a vote (and that may be an academic question), it would be fascinating to see just how many grumbling Tory backbenchers abstain...
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