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David Davis on Andrew Mitchell.

Former shadow home secretary and Conservative MP David Davis.
Former shadow home secretary and Conservative MP David Davis. Photograph: Getty Images.

What does a Chief Whip have at his fingertips to deploy normally? Well, a mixture of charm, rewards, appeals to loyalty — all of those are diluted at the moment.

David Davis warns that Andrew Mitchell will find it "very, very, difficult" to do his job after pleb gate.