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Andrew Mitchell resigns over Downing St police row

19 October 2012 Last updated at 19:02 BST

The Conservative Chief Whip has stood down from the job after weeks of speculation following a disputed exchange of words with a police officer outside Downing Street.

Andrew Mitchell had denied using the word "pleb" to an officer as he approached a security gate on his bike, but calls continued for his resignation.

He had met officers from the Police Federation last Friday.

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