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.
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.
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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.
The 'plebgate' affair, which began with a row over a year ago, delivered yet more political drama after two police officers who met Andrew Mitchell just after he had been accused of calling Downing Street guards 'plebs' were recalled before MPs.
ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby on the latest developments in the ongoing case:
Chairwoman of police watchdog the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) Dame Anne Owers said it will hold its own investigation into the claims that the two officers gave "misleading" evidence to the committee.
She said that both the IPCC inquiry into the original Sutton Coldfield dispute, and the latest claims over evidence, should be finished by Christmas.
We are going to wrap all of this up together. The question of what the officers did or didn't say in front of this committee is a relatively simple matter to deal with.
We anticipate that we will be able to complete both investigations this side of Christmas.
Sgt Chris Jones was forced to reveal that 13 complaints had been made against him during his 28-year service, with none resulting in any misconduct proceedings.
The issue arose as the committee was questioning Sgt Jones for the second time after he failed to mention any disciplinary proceedings during his first appearance.
Sgt Jones also told the Home Affairs Select Committee that he did not feel responsible for any distress Andrew Mitchell or his family had been subjected to in the wake of the 'plebgate' scandal.
The second police officer to speak to the Home Affairs Select Committee has said he will not apologise.
Sgt Chris Jones said he "can't apologise for something I haven't done."
Sgt Jones was asked if he wished to apologise to Andrew Mitchell and his family for the distress they have suffered.
A Police officer involved in the so-called plebgate row has apologised to MPs for "inadvertent inaccuracies" in his last appearance at home select committee.
He said there was no intention to mislead the committee.
Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton also apologised to the Home Secretary Theresa May for referring to her as "this woman" during the previous hearing.
Today is a "big opportunity" for two officers involved in the plebgate row to set the record straight, according to the chairman of the home affairs select committee Keith Vaz.
Detective Sergeant Stuart Hinton and Sergeant Chris Jones will appear before the committee for the second time in as many weeks, after the committee found their evidence to be "misleading".
Mr Vaz told BBC Breakfast: "I'm sorry to say that in a number of respects they have given evidence that was not strictly accurate, so this is their big opportunity today to come before the committee and to explain why that happened and to correct the record."
The chairman admitted he was frustrated with the time and cost of the inquiry: "I think we're getting near the end but I share your frustration and that of the viewers that this has taken so long and cost so much money - almost a third of a million pounds - and involved so many police officers."
The MP concluded that it was in the best interests of the taxpayer, Andrew Mitchell and the police officers involved that the saga be brought to a close.