Police officers at the centre of the so-called 'plebgate' scandal have been recalled to face MPs over allegations they misled parliament.
The Chief Constable of West Mercia Police has offered an "unreserved apology" to ex-Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell over the 'Plebgate' meeting.
West Mercia Police chief constable has overturned a ruling that three officers who met Andrew Mitchell had no case to answer for misconduct.
Two police officers engulfed in the plebgate row are set to be hauled before MPs today to apologise for giving "misleading" evidence.
Police Federation representatives Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton and Sergeant Chris Jones will appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee for the second time in as many weeks.
Along with Inspector Ken MacKaill, the two officers were accused of attempting to discredit former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell after meeting him in October last year.
After taking evidence from the three officers on October 23, the committee published a report, which found their evidence was "possibly deliberately" misleading, lacked credibility and was contradictory.
Detective Sergeant Hinton was heavily criticised by MPs for referring to Home Secretary Theresa May as ''that woman'' before claiming he was misquoted.
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:
– David Davis
This is really worrying because it's not just about the issue of three policemen. It's about whether or not this sort of behaviour is seen as acceptable by the entire system and it looks as though, with these three forces, they thought it was acceptable. And frankly that's not just good enough for the British public.
– West Midlands Chief Constable Chris Sims
The IPCC have now decided they do, after all, have the authority to launch a new inquiry. As I made clear at the very beginning of this process this investigation should always have been run by the IPCC.
The report suggests West Midlands Police put pressure on West Mercia Police to release the report before it was sent to the IPCC.
The conclusions of the report suggest the motive may have been because ACC Cann may have been seeking to improperly access the report and seek to change its conclusions. This is a serious inference to draw and I completely refute it.
West Mercia Police has accepted that there were "procedural errors" following a meeting between three Police Federation officers and former chief whip Andrew Mitchell.
While the quality of the original investigation by West Mercia into the conduct of Police Federation representatives on 12 October 2012 remains unquestioned, the force accepts there were procedural errors in the investigative reports provided to the appropriate authorities which they used to make their determinations about the officers’ conduct.
These procedural errors began with a misunderstanding between the IPCC supervising the investigation, and West Mercia Police investigators.
– West Mercia Police statement
West Mercia has always maintained that the investigation into the events in Sutton Coldfield in October 2012 should have been conducted independently.
The force therefore welcomes the IPCC’s decision to change the status of the investigation from an IPCC supervised investigation to an independent investigation using their own staff.The force will co-operate fully with the IPCC’s investigation.
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.
I have never supported the actions of the officers following their meeting with Andrew Mitchell at his constituency office. They were unwise to get involved in such a political campaign and they have subsequently brought discredit on the Police service and damaged public confidence in the integrity of the Police. I believe that the officers should have apologised to Mr Mitchell and his family for the hurt their actions caused._
– Ron Ball, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire
In my role of holding the Chief Constable to account and scrutinising his actions I have taken independent legal advice concerning the IPCC’s decision to reopen the investigation. This advice raises concerns in my mind that the legal grounds for the proposed investigation may not be legally sound, with the potential for further legal challenges to follow. All of this can only result in additional public expense._
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.
Procedural irregularities in @wmerciapolice's Police Fed/Andrew Mitchell investigation means we'll now independently investigate the matter
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.