I have just spoken to David Davis, an MP who is a prominent supporter of Andrew Mitchell, who says that they welcome this development because they want to challenge Pc Rowland to repeat those assertions under oath in court.
– police federation statement
The Federation has supported Pc Rowland with the provision of legal advicein respect of this matter. All subscribed members of the Police Federation areentitled to such support for legal representation as they see fit.
Andrew Mitchell said last week that he hoped Pc Toby Rowland would give evidence on oath as part of separate libel proceedings against the Sun newspaper.
Mr Mitchell told Channel 4 News: "What I do know is that I was stitched up; I was fitted up in Downing Street by armed police officers ...
"We believe that the CCTV shows that the account of Pc Toby Rowland is at very best inaccurate."
The police officer at the centre of the 'Plebgate' affair has filed a defamation case against former Tory Whip Andrew Mitchell, the Metropolitan Police Federation has confirmed.
Pc Toby Rowland, who has made the claim, was the officer on the Downing Street gate when Mr Mitchell was forced to push his bike through the pedestrian exit.
Mr Rowland's account of the altercation that followed differs from that of Mr Mitchell, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided there was not enough evidence to show which one was correct.