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Former shadow home secretary David Davis has said the Independent Police Complaints Commission report on an investigation into a police meeting with former chief whip Andrew Mitchell is "fierce".
He told ITV News: This is an astonishing report. In 25 years in Parliament I've not seen quite as fierce as this and for good reason.
"Policemen must be honest and truthful whenever they're doing their job...they plainly weren't here either when dealing with Andrew Mitchell or when dealing with the select committee [Home Affairs].
Former shadow home secretary David Davis said it was "worrying" that the decision to clear of gross misconduct the police officers involved in the 'plebgate' row had to be overturned by the IPCC.
He told Murnaghan on Sky News:
West Mercia Police has accepted that there were "procedural errors" following a meeting between three Police Federation officers and former chief whip Andrew Mitchell.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire has given his reaction to the IPCC's decision to conduct a fresh inquiry into a meeting between Police Federation officers and former chief whip Andrew Mitchell.
Three officers accused of giving misleading accounts of a meeting with Andrew Mitchell are facing a new investigation by the IPCC.
Last month, Police Federation representatives Inspector Ken MacKaill, Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton and Sergeant Chris Jones defended their actions to MPs.
They apologised only for their haste in speaking to the media straight after the meeting in October last year.
Det Sgt Hinton and Sgt Jones have been called to appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee for a second time on Tuesday.
Keith Vaz MP, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, has said the narrative of a meeting between Andrew Mitchell and police officers "could rival any great work of fiction".
The IPCC is to open a new investigation into the behaviour of police officers who met with Mitchell, the former chief whip, after an alleged confrontation in Downing Street.
Mr Vaz said recent findings that the officers misled MPs point to "a lack of openness and transparency with a committee of the house".
"At every point, and at every level, the process seems to have obstructed the truth, rather than provided a transparent approach to the problems that occurred as a result of the meeting."
"And that is why we regard it as being very serious indeed."
Mr Vaz said he is delighted" that the IPCC has accepted the recommendation of the committee to reassess the cases.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission has said there were "procedural irregularities" in how a final report on police conversations with former chief whip Andrew Mitchell was drawn up.
In the final version of the report, no case to answer for misconduct was made out against any of the three officers under investigation.
But IPCC deputy chairperson Deborah Glass said Chief Inspector Jerry Reakes-Williams, who led the report, mistakenly believed it should reflect the view of the "appropriate authorities" - the senior officers in each of the forces involved.
"It is clear from CI Reakes-Williams's evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee that this conclusion did not reflect his opinion."
"The 'appropriate authorities' are the final decision-making bodies, and they are entitled to reach a different decision to the conclusions of the investigator. However, this is an entirely separate process. The procedure described above has conflated the two."
Ms Glass said that while she considered the investigation incomplete she does not have the power to re-start it, and so the IPCC will launch its own inquiry to avoid damaging public confidence.
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Police officers at the centre of the so-called 'plebgate' scandal have been recalled to face MPs over allegations they misled parliament.