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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.

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MPs criticise top civil servant over 'plebgate'

The country's top civil servant, Sir Jeremy Heywood, was criticised by MPs for failing to properly investigate the "plebgate" incident that cost the Chief Whip, Andrew Mitchell, his job.

Mr Jeremy told MPs that Downing Street had considered whether Mr Mitchell was the victim of a conspiracy, but decided not to inform police. He also told MPs he didn't think it was appropriate to ask to check the police log:

"We accepted there were unanswered questions, such as a gigantic conspiracy, or a small conspiracy." Political Editor Tom Bradby reports:

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