– Bill Longmore West Mercia PCC
Given the critical statement which the IPCC Deputy Chair has made in the last few hours, I am frankly surprised the IPCC did not resume conduct of the investigation – they certainly had the power to do so.
As this matter is now subject of evidence before the Home Affairs Select Committee, I feel unable to comment further. I am however seeking a meeting with the Home Secretary to discuss the matter with her.
West Midlands Police officers have said that they "did not plan to mislead anyone" over a meeting they held with Andrew Mitchell over claims he abused police. They also apologised for talking to the media after the meeting.