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'Plebgate' police to face new investigation

Andrew Mitchell was forced to resign over disputed claims that he called officers in Downing Street "plebs". Photo: Press Association

Two police officers at the centre of the so-called 'plebgate' scandal have been recalled to face MPs over allegations they misled parliament.

Police Federation representatives Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton and Sergeant Chris Jones gave evidence before a committee last month about their meeting with former Conservative chief Whip Andrew Mitchell. They will now return before MPs on Tuesday, where they will be asked to apologise or face disciplinary action.

Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton is accused of misleading parliament by saying a reference to "this woman that the conservative party have" was just a typo. Later he accepted that the woman referred to was the home secretary Theresa May.

Sergeant Chris Jones is accused of failing to give a full account of his disciplinary record.

Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:

The new probe comes after a scathing report by the Commons home affairs select committee (Hasc) accused them of "obstructing the truth" when they initially appeared before the committee.

The police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) today also announced it would also be holding its own investigation into the officers' behaviour after finding "procedural irregularities" in the way the initial inquiry was dealt with.

Mr Mitchell was forced to resign over disputed claims that he called officers in Downing Street "plebs". The police federation representatives held a meeting with the minister following the allegations but their account of the meeting, given to the media, has since been called into question.