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".
The Government's Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell, MP for Sutton Coldfield has resigned.
The future of Sutton Coldfield MP and Government whip Andrew Mitchell once again dominated fierce exchanges in the House of Commons today.
Ahead of his meeting with West Midlands police officers there have been fresh calls for Andrew Mitchell to step down as Chief Whip.