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David Cameron met Andrew Mitchell for a private meeting on Monday, it was revealed today.
“I spoke to him and my office has been in contact with him as you would expect, fairly regularly. I thought his mood was very calm and rational given what were very disturbing revelations,” Mr Cameron told reporters in Afghanistan.
The news will increase speculation that Mr Mitchell could return to frontline politics after it emerged police may have falsified evidence against the former Chief Whip - a claim the Prime Minister has called "extraordinary".
Mr Mitchell has also said he has “no confidence” in Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe after he supported officers’ accounts of the ‘plebgate’ row.
The Times reports Mr Mitchell has sought assurances that Mr Hogan-Howe will not be involved in the inquiry into the incident.
The Independent reports today that Mr Cameron himself watched CCTV footage of the incident three months ago, which casts doubt on some of the police’s claims, and decided not to pursue the matter further.
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