Police Federation 'stand by' their comments over Mitchell row

The Metropolitan Police Federation (MPF) have said that they stand by their comments made in September, immediately after the row over Andrew Mitchell began:

The serious allegations aired in the Channel 4 News report are of concern to the MPF. However, as this is an ongoing investigation, we are unable to make further comment, other than to say we support a full and thorough investigation to establish the truth.

We stand by the comment we made at the time of the incident in September.

It is important to note that we called for a full inquiry at the time of the original incident. This was declined by both New Scotland Yard and Downing Street.

We welcome and agree with Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe's comments that, despite any questions that have arisen, there is no reason to doubt the accounts of officers directly involved in the incident.

– John Tully, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation