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Andrew Mitchell MP Resigns

Andrew Mitchell the Sutton Coldfield MP has resigned as the Government's Chief Whip following allegations that he called a Downing Street officer a pleb, which he denies.

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Defence Secretary backs Andrew Mitchell MP

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond speaks at the Conservative Party Conference. Credit: PA

Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond has said the row over fellow Conservative Andrew Mitchell's outburst had been "hijacked".

Mr Hammond told the BBC the Police Federation was using the situation as an excuse to bring up its own issues and grievances.

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