Michael Dugher MP, Labour's Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, following Andrew Mitchell’s comments in an interview with the Sutton Coldfield Observer that the row over his altercation with Downing Street police officers was "blown out of all proportion", said:
"Andrew Mitchell still doesn't get it. He still wants to blame everyone but himself for his own behaviour. Andrew Mitchell is still questioning the integrity of a police officer instead of fessing up to what he actually said and apologising properly.
"He needs to stop feeling sorry for himself, he should take some responsibility, show some humility - and start showing some respect to the people he obviously thinks are beneath him."