A police officer accused of falsely claiming to have witnessed the Plebgate row will make his first appearance at Crown Court today.
Pc Keith Wallis, 53, from West Drayton, west London, is accused of committing misconduct in public office by saying he had witnessed the incident and arranging for his nephew to support the claim between September 19 and December 16, 2012.
He is facing claims that he sent an email to Conservative deputy chief whip John Randall, who was his MP, wrongly claiming that he had seen what happened in Downing Street on September 19, 2012.
A row erupted when then-chief whip Andrew Mitchell became involved in a heated confrontation with another officer, Toby Rowland, after he was refused permission to cycle through the main gate. Mr Mitchell admitted swearing but denied Pc Rowland's claim that he used the word ''pleb''.
Wallis, who is from the Metropolitan Police Diplomatic Protection Group, is on bail and will appear at the Old Bailey.