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PMQs: Cameron denies 'double standards' over chief whip row

Prime Minister David Cameron has rejected a charge of "total double standards" over allegations that Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell swore at police officers who would not let him bicycle through the main gate to Downing Street.

At the PM's weekly question session on 17 October 2012, Labour leader Ed Miliband claimed Mr Cameron would support police who locked up a "yob" who behaved in a similar way to his chief whip.

Mr Mitchell was on the Commons front bench as Mr Miliband said: "While it's a night in the cell for the yob, it's a night at the Carlton Club for the chief whip.

"Isn't that the clearest case there could be of total double standards?"

The prime minister insisted the officer involved had accepted the chief whip's apology and accused Mr Miliband of having skewed priorities.

"He doesn't want to talk about what we need to do in this country to get our deficit down, because he's got no plans," Mr Cameron said.

"He doesn't want to talk about how we build on our record on employment, because he's got no plans.

"He doesn't want to talk about welfare because he's opposed to welfare caps. That is the truth. He wants to discuss these issues because he's got nothing serious to say about the country."

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