Tory MP: Mitchell row 'like a long Greek tragedy'

The former deputy whip, the Conservative MP Michael Fabricant, who has been a critic of Andrew Mitchell has revealed he spoke "frankly" with him yesterday:

I spoke to Andrew yesterday about this and I was frank.

This has been playing out like a long Greek tragedy and I hope that now he will take a break and rebuild his strength.

He is a very able individual and I am sure he will return to public life in due course.