The Police Federation has said it is "hard to fathom" how Government Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell can continue as a minister after he reportedly verbally abused police officers outside Downing St.
The Sun reported that Mr Mitchell was threatened with arrest after telling officers they had "best learn your f------ place" and accused them of being "f------- plebs".
Mr Mitchell has apologised, saying: "While I do not accept that I used any of the words that have been reported, I accept I did not treat the police with the respect they deserve."
The Sun said the incident happened on Wednesday, when police told Mr Mitchell to dismount from his bicycle and wheel it through a pedestrian exit from Downing St.
He allegedly said: "Open this gate, I'm the Chief Whip. I'm telling you - I'm the Chief Whip and I'm coming through these gates."
Paul McKeever, Chairman, Police Federation of England and Wales said:
“It is hard to fathom how someone who holds the police in such contempt could be allowed to hold a public office. Mr Mitchell’s half-hearted apology for the comments made whilst leaving Downing Street will do little to build bridges with the police who feel they have once again been treated with a lack of respect and civility by members of this government.
“The lack of regard that some within government appear to hold police officers in is especially disappointing during this tragic week for the service and does nothing for the rock bottom morale of officers in this country.”