Andrew Mitchell resigns over police comments row

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PostFri Oct 19, 2012 7:26 pm » by Icarus1

Andrew Mitchell has quit as government chief whip after criticism for making rude remarks to police officers at the gates of Downing Street.

Mr Mitchell apologised for his conduct but denied using the word "pleb" in exchanges last month.

Labour, the Police Federation and the Daily Telegraph were among those calling for the minister to go as pressure intensified on him.

There were angry clashes over Mr Mitchell in Parliament on Wednesday.

Mitchell asked to speak to Prime Minister David Cameron earlier on Friday at his country residence Chequers.

BBC Political Editor Nick Robinson said Mr Mitchell wanted to speak to the PM in person so waited for him to return from Brussels, where he has been attending an EU summit.

The Prime Minister has accepted his resignation.

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