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Andrew Mitchell will not be able to recover his legal costs of he wins his libel case against The Sun newspaper over the Plebgate affair, the Court of Appeal said today.
The Court of Appeal refused to overturn a ruling from High Court judge Master Victoria McCloud imposing the punishment after Mr Mitchell's lawyers failed to submit a budget for £506,425 of costs on time.
The ex-cabinet minister, who revealed his personal anguish over the affair yesterday, is suing The Sun over its report on September 21 last year about the incident at the gates of Downing Street which led to the so-called "Plebgate" affair.
It is unclear whether the MP, who was reported to be on a no-win no fee arrangement, will now need to meet the legal bill from his own pocket.
The officer at the centre of the "plebgate" row Toby Rowland has stuck by his version of events, and said he would be prepared to give evidence under oath.
The Sun, which is being sued by former Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell over its coverage of the "plebgate" row, has said it stands by its story.
The paper's managing editor Stig Abell tweeted:
The Downing Street officer accused of lying by Andrew Mitchell has released a statement through the Police Federation saying he stands by his statement.
PC Toby Rowland said:
Tory MP Andrew Mitchell hit out at the police investigation into the events that ended his career, saying the length of the investigation "casts great doubt on the ability of the police to investigate wrongdoing in their own ranks."
Andrew Mitchell said today he was not speaking out for himself, but for "other victims of police misconduct" who have had had the support he has had over the course of the "plebgate" investigation.
Speaking to reporters to condemn the police and CPS investigation into the "plebgate scandal" that cost Andrew Mitchell his job, he described in detail the devastating personal impact the scandal had on him and those close to him.
Andrew Mitchell MP, former Tory party whip, is speaking to reporters after one police officer was charged with misconduct in public office over the "plebgate" affair that forced him to resign from his job.
"I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my friends, my family, my many constituents in Sutton Coldfield, my staff, my legal team, political colleagues on both sides of the House of Commons and Lords, and members of the International Development Community.
"All who gave me their support and stuck by me throughout a very bleak period."
"I would also like to thank the journalists who refused to side with the mob, when I was caught between the press and police for 89 days."
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Andrew Mitchell says he has been "stitched-up" by police whilst one officer was charged with misconduct in relation to the ongoing scandal.
Today's charges come more than a year after the events that led to the end of Mr Mitchell's career. Here is what has happened since.