Report: Andrew Mitchell pulls out of Tory party conference

The government's chief whip Andrew Mitchell, who allegedly called Downing Street police officers “f****** plebs”, has pulled out of next week’s Tory party conference, according to The Daily Telegraph.

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Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell reportedly wants to avoid being a distraction Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire/Press Association

The newspaper quotes a friend of Mr Mitchell's as saying: "The last thing he wants to be is a distraction. It was his decision.”

It is extremely rare for a senior politician like Mr Mitchell to stay aware from the annual conference.

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