Cameron faces confidence crisis

David Cameron is facing a crisis of confidence from his own MPs over the Andrew Mitchell affair, and is under pressure to sack members of his inner circle according to reports in the Sunday Times.

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Tory MPs: 'Spectacular own goal' if Chief Whip quits

Tory grandees Sir Peter Tapsell and Bernard Jenkin were among the 12 Conservative MPs who spoke out in support of Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell in the meeting of backbenchers this evening.

Some of those did say they had concerns but took the view that it would be "a spectacular own goal" if Mr Mitchell was forced to go now.

Senior sources acknowledged that it had been damaging for him.

The discussion about Mr Mitchell lasted around half an hour.

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Reports: Majority of Tory MPs back Chief Whip

Political correspondents outside the meeting of Conservative backbencher MPs are reporting the majority of them backed under-fire Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell:

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Am told mood in 1922 meeting on balance in favour of Mitchell although about 4 MPs raised concerns about him

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Hearing that four MPs openly questioned Mitch position, but mood of the room largely in his favour and against giving the Police Fed a scalp

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Peter Bone reveals all about 1922 meeting: "There was a lot of criticism of the Deputy Prime Minister" #plebgate

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