Police Minister calls for Andrew Mitchell apology

Three police federation representatives that it is claimed misrepresented their meeting with former chief whip Andrew Mitchell should "absolutely" apologise for their role in the plebgate scandal, the Police Minister said.

Damian Green said Andrew Mitchell deserved an apology. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

Damian Green said that comments given by the representatives from the West Midlands, West Mercia and Warwickshire divisions following a private meeting with Mr Mitchell after he was accused of calling their Downing Street colleagues plebs, were "palpably untrue".

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show, Mr Green said: "He deserves an apology. Let's start with the people who left his office and said things that if you read the transcript were palpably untrue."

Asked if he was referring to the three police officers who met with Mr Mitchell when the allegations first emerged, he replied: "Absolutely those three should apologise."

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