Andrew Mitchell to apologise to police officer involved

The chief whip Andrew Mitchell has issued this statement after confronting police in Downing Street:

On Wednesday night I attempted to leave Downing Street via the main gate, something I have been allowed to do many times before.

I was told that I was not allowed to leave that way.

While I do not accept that I used any of the words that have been reported, I accept I did not treat the police with the respect they deserve.

I have seen the supervising Sergeant and apologised, and will also apologise to the police officer involved.

– Andrew Mitchell, chief whip