Mitchell was a victim of 'really serious injustice'

Former Conservative shadow home secretary David Davis has said Andrew Mitchell had been the victim of "a really serious injustice" and should be restored to the ministerial ranks.

This is a shocking revelation that a police officer seems to have masqueraded as a civilian - more than seems to, I've seen the emails and clearly did so - and acted in a way which effectively completely undermined Mr Mitchell in the eyes of the Prime Minister and the rest of Downing Street right at the point they were making the decision - what do we do, do we support him or not?

That explains quite a lot of the, frankly, what appeared with hindsight to be daft decisions in terms of the way they handled the whole issue.

– David Davis, Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme

Mr Davis also criticised the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, and the Met Police for failing properly to examine the evidence when the allegations first emerged:

None of this is exactly Sherlock Holmes. All the investigations did not go to the heart.

Look at the CCTV, see whether it is consistent with the allegations made, consistent with what's been said. It plainly wasn't.