'Plebgate' officer plea: 'A black day for the Met Police'

An admission of misconduct in public office by a Met policeman over the Andrew Mitchell 'plebgate' affair marks a "black day" for the force, a Conservative MP has said.

Sir Richard Ottoway, MP for Croyden South and a friend of Mr Mitchell's, said the incident brought "the whole Met into disrepute".

Sir Richard added that he hoped Mr Mitchell - who resigned in the wake of the row - would be able to return to the Cabinet in the future.