Ken Clarke: Mitchell "highly regards" the police

Ken Clarke, the MP for Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire, says Andrew Mitchell "highly regards" the police.

"I have known Andrew for a long time and he is a perfectly reasonable, courteous man with the same high regard for the police services as anyone else.

"He obviously had a flare of bad temper on this occasion and has rightly apologised. I do think this should be allowed to set the matter at rest."

– Ken Clarke

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