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Newspaper review: 'Plebgate' continues to dominate

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For many of the newspapers, the focus remains on "Plebgate" after fresh revelations about the row between former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell and police outside Downing Street.

The Times says the "hounding out of office" of Mr Mitchell "always looked like a piece of political blood sport" and the emergence of footage of the incident, and the arrest of a police officer, "raise serious questions".

The newspaper goes on to ask why it has taken three months for both No 10 and Mr Mitchell to see the CCTV images, when data protection laws should have meant they were given access to them when the allegations were made.

It concludes that "the rights and wrongs of the Mitchell case are still not clear but it is clearly more complex than it first appeared".

Mitchell 'framed'?

On its front page, the Independent asks: "Plebgate: was Tory chief whip framed?"

The paper examines the latest allegations that a serving police officer posed as a member of the public and falsely claimed to have witnessed the Downing Street row.

The Daily Mail agrees with the Times that CCTV footage of Mr Mitchell with the two officers "raises fresh questions" about what happened.

It suggests a police claim - that passers by were shocked by the language that Mr Mitchell used - seems to be dispelled by the fact that only three people are seen in the video.

Two of those in the video appear too far away to hear anything, while a third who expresses "no more than a passing interest in what is going on".

'Picture of poise'

The Guardian is unsettled by another matter - the Queen's visit to a meeting of the cabinet on Tuesday.

In its leader, the paper says some may feel that her presence "too casually crossed a boundary that should be more vigorously defended".

It goes on to argue that those "who fret about symbolism" might have felt "uneasy" about the prime minister of an elected government giving up his chair to an unelected hereditary monarch.

The Daily Telegraph is one of several papers to carry on its front page a photograph of the Queen with the entire cabinet.

It describes her as "a picture of poise, amid the flurry of politics", saying that her ministers "seemed far too excited at the presence of their guest to focus on the task in hand".

Several of the cartoonists use the royal visit to get their teeth into the deputy prime minister.

In the Times, David Cameron is depicted laying Nick Clegg face down across a large puddle outside No 10, so that the Queen can go inside without getting her feet wet.

The cartoon in the Sun shows the Queen turning to a red-faced Mr Clegg during the cabinet meeting and asking him: "And what do you do?"

'Soldier on'

Meanwhile, there are mixed feelings for the Sun about the announcement expected to be made today by Mr Cameron, about the speed of the withdrawal of British forces from Afghanistan.

The paper is disappointed that only 4,000 troops are likely to be home by this time next year.

But, under the headline "soldier on", it argues that it makes sense for thousands more to stay in order to finish training Afghan forces to deal with insurgents.

"Cutting and running," says the paper, "would be a betrayal of the brave British soldiers who have died or been wounded fighting the Taliban."

'Vomiting outbreak'

The headline in the Daily Express is "how you can beat winter vomiting outbreak".

It reports that, with large numbers having contracted the norovirus, experts are advising people to avoid visiting care homes and other places which might be infected.

People who have the virus are told to stay at home to minimise the risk of passing it on to others.

Finally, the Telegraph reports how TV gardening programmes are being blamed for the growing numbers of people being evicted from their allotments.

The paper explains that the shows encourage people to try to grow their own vegetables, but don't actually reveal how much hard work they need to put in.

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