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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Andrew Mitchell defended by Justice Secretary

Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Justice Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling today spoke out to defend Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell, who is under increasing pressure to resign following allegations he called police officers "plebs" during a confrontation at the Downing Street gates.

Labour has renewed demands on Prime Minister David Cameron to sack Mr Mitchell, but speaking today Mr Grayling described the incident as "very unfortunate", but he argued it was "a mistake for the Police Federation to be trying to use this in the way that they are".

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