Mr Mitchell told he's "toast"

The future of Sutton Coldfield MP and Government whip Andrew Mitchell once again dominated fierce exchanges in the House of Commons today.

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PM gets a taste of Birmingham's Caribbean cuisine

A caterer from Birmingham was one of seventy small businesses invited to Downing Street today to meet David Cameron to celebrate what the government is heralding as the success of its Start Up Loan and New Enterprise Allowance schemes.

The Department for Work and Pensions say the schemes have helped nearly six thousand small businesses get off the ground in the West Midlands since their launch two years ago.

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Downing Street denies Red Arrows due for cuts

he Red Arrows Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team fly in formation over the Queen Victoria Memorial last year. Credit: PA

Downing Street has tweeted to say that any suggestion the Red Arrows would be axed "is wrong."

Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy, commenting on a report in the Daily Mirror that the Red Arrows could be axed because of cuts to the defence budget, said Britons would be "dismayed" if it were true.

"The Red Arrows are part of our national character and history," he said.

"The country would be dismayed if they were scrapped to make yet more savings in defence, which the Prime Minister seemed to rule out just days ago."

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Man arrested over Andrew Mitchell 'plebgate' incident

A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the Andrew Mitchell "plebgate" investigation, Scotland Yard said.

The man, who is not a member of police staff, has been released on bail.

Officers investigating the circumstances surrounding a police officer's claim to have witnessed an incident in Downing Street in September 2012 have arrested a man on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an indictable offence on or around 14 December 2012.

The 23-year-old was arrested at his home address at 20:00hrs last night, Wednesday, 19 December and questioned at a London police station. He was released on bail this morning, Thursday, 20 December, to return on a date in January 2013.

The 23-year-old - who is the second man to be arrested - is not a police officer or member of police staff.

– Scotland Yard

Constituent's reaction to Andrew Mitchell's resignation, full report

The resignation of a West Midlands MP has led to accusations that David Cameron is a weak leader, for not sacking him first.

Last night, Andrew Mitchell quit as Chief Whip of the Tory Party, a month after his controversial row with Downing Street police officers.

Mr Mitchell is still MP for Sutton Coldfield, so we went there to see how his constituents feel the row has reflected on them.

Andrew Mitchell's constituents give reaction to his resignation

The resignation of a West Midlands MP has led to accusations that David Cameron is a weak leader, for not sacking him first.

Last night, Andrew Mitchell quit as Chief Whip of the Tory Party, a month after his controversial row with Downing Street police officers.

Mr Mitchell is still MP for Sutton Coldfield, so we went there to see how his constituents feel the row has reflected on them.

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