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Police Fed calls for Mitchell resignation

Police Fed calls for Mitchell resignation
Andrew Mitchell has "no option but to resign", police representatives have said.

Ken Mackaill, chair of West Mercia Police Federation, was speaking after a 45 minute meeting in his west Midlands constituency, where the Chief Whip spoke to police to smooth over his angry outburst outside Downing Street last month.

“I think Mr Mitchell now has no option to resign, he is continuing to refuse to elaborate on what happened. I think his position is untenable,” he said

"He has repeated, as to his words, a profound apology as to what he did say . He’s also repeated his denial of using many of the words reported in the officer’s notes recorded at the time, his explanation for that he did not want to get into a fire-fight with police or impugn the integrity of police officers.

"Unfortunately we’re left in a position where his continued denial of the facts recorded in police records does exactly that. So we are no further forward than we were an hour ago."

Mr Mitchell is accused of calling officers "plebs" during a row with police after not being allowed to ride his bike through the Downing Street gates.

The Police Federation earlier warned that if the Chief Whip didn't "come clean" at the meeting with its representatives, they would call for him to quit.

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude is rumoured to be lined up to replace Mr Mitchell if he is forced to resign.

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