Mitchell has 'excellent relationship' with local police

Former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell told ITV News he has "an excellent relationship" with police in Sutton Coldfield - the Conservative MP's constituency.

When asked if his view of the Metropolitan Police had changed after recent events, Mr Mitchell reiterated his praise of police in Sutton Coldfield.

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'Plebgate' probe defended

The senior civil servant who carried out an investigation for Prime Minister David Cameron into allegations that his Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell swore at police insisted that he did a "competent" job and came to the right conclusion.