Clegg defends Lib Dem vision

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has defended his leadership of the Liberal Democrats during an interview with ITV News' Tom Bradby at the party conference in Brighton.

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Boris Johnson: Common sense for Mitchell to be arrested

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said it would have been common sense for police to have arrested Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell after his tirade against police officers in Downing Street.

In my book you shouldn't abuse police officers and I've made that clear loads of times. The crucial thing for me is that Andrew Mitchell has now apologised not just once but twice. He's also apologised to the police officer concerned and that underscores how wrong it is for any us to abuse police officers.

If I read the papers correctly there was a proposal to arrest Mr Mitchell for what he said. That seems to be wholly common-sensical. The public order act does allow for police officers' discretion in this matter. They've obviously decided not to go ahead with it. But it shows the gravity of this offence.

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