'Plebgate': police seek advice

Police investigating the "Plebgate' affair in which Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell stepped down from his government post, have asked Crown Prosecution Service prosecutors for advice on the next stage of the investigation.

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Prime Minister: I wanted Mitchell to keep his job

Speaking to journalists during his visit to Afghanistan this morning, Mr Cameron has again stressed that he had wanted to keep Mr Mitchell in his job.

"I think there is a lot of sympathy for Andrew because the revelation about the email... has shocked quite a lot of people," he said. "Some people would have been influenced by that."

He said he had spoken to the Sutton Coldfield MP on Monday.

"I saw him in Number 10. I spoke to him and my office has been in contact with him, as you would expect, fairly regularly," he said.

Asked what frame of mind Mr Mitchell was in, the premier replied:

"I thought his mood was very calm and rational given what were very disturbing revelations."

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