Tom Watson said on Andrew Mitchell's non-attendance at Tory Conference:
"Andrew Mitchell is running scared. It's ridiculous that the Chief Whip would rather dodge his own party conference, on the doorstep of his Sutton Coldfield constituency, rather than do what is right.
"This Government will blame everyone but itself for their failure. David Cameron should get a grip and make Andrew Mitchell come clean about what he actually said to police officers doing their job and apologise properly."