Sorry to hear Andrew Mitchell has resigned; was the right thing to do.From @LouiseMensch on Twitter:
The Government's Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell has resigned, Downing Street said tonight.
Sky News is reporting that Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell has resigned.
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.
I am told by a very reliable source there were actually five Conservative MPs who spoke out against Andrew Mitchell and 12 in support at the 1922 committee of backbenchers.
I am told the five Conservative MPs who spoke out against Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell were James Duddridge, Anne Main, Sarah Wollaston, Andrew Percy and Phillip Davies.
Four MPs, including a former deputy whip, spoke of their concerns about Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell in the meeting of backbench Conservative MPs. But around 12 to 15 spoke in favour.
Political correspondents outside the meeting of Conservative backbencher MPs are reporting the majority of them backed under-fire Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell:
Am told mood in 1922 meeting on balance in favour of Mitchell although about 4 MPs raised concerns about himFrom @andybell5news on Twitter:
Hearing that four MPs openly questioned Mitch position, but mood of the room largely in his favour and against giving the Police Fed a scalpFrom @JGForsyth on Twitter:
The 1922 committee meeting has finished.
George Osborne has gone in to the 1922 committee meeting of backbench Conservative MPs.
One MP who left meeting said "the exciting part is finished". I wonder what was discussed?