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Michael Gove on Andrew Mitchell.

Education Secretary Michael Gove speaks at last month's Conservative conference in Birmingham. Photograph: Getty Images.

There's a Japanese film, I think it's called Rashomon, in which different participants who see the same event all have different recollections of it. I wasn't there. I trust Andrew, and I'm always inclined to give him the benefit of any doubt.

The cinematically-minded Michael Gove sides with Andrew Mitchell over plebgate.

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