Chief Whip pulls out of Tory conference to 'avoid being a distraction'

Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell will not attend next week's Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham in order to "avoid being a distraction," according to a report.

Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell Credit: ITV News

Mr Mitchell was in hot water after it was alleged he called a police officer a "pleb" during an altercation in Downing Street.

The Daily Telegraph quoted a source as saying, "The last thing he wants to be is a distraction. It was his decision”.

Mr Mitchell, MP for Sutton Coldfield, had previously decided to attend the annual conference.