David Hanson MP, Labour's shadow police minister, said:
“Downing Street must make clear exactly what Andrew Mitchell said to the
“There are two alternatives. Either the Chief Whip used appalling and
offensive language to an officer going about their duty or Mr Mitchell is
saying at least two officers at the scene were lying.
“Downing Street will know. They must make the position clear urgently. A
half-hearted apology is not enough.”