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Andrew Mitchell ordered to pay £300,000 interim costs

Former Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell has been ordered to pay interim costs of £300,000 after he lost his High Court libel action over the "Plebgate" incident.

Former cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell MP arrived at the High Court in London with his wife Dr Sharon Bennett. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Police Federation 'pleased' with 'Plebgate' verdict

The Police Federation of England and Wales has said it is "pleased" Mr Justice Mitting has ruled in PC Toby Rowland's favour after Andrew Mitchell lost his High Court libel action over the "Plebgate incident".

Toby's name has been cleared and his integrity restored. Toby has conducted himself with dignity and professionalism in relation to this incident and subsequent inquiries and legal cases.

It is important that this incident is now brought to a close to allow Toby and his family to look to the future.

– Steve White, chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales

PC Rowland sued Andrew Mitchell for libel over statements accusing him of fabricating the alleged verbal abuse at Downing Street in 2012.

Former government chief whip Mitchell lost his libel action against News Group Newspapers over The Sun's reporting of the "Plebgate" incident.

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MP: Mitchell's personal tragedy due to lack of humility

Andrew Mitchell would have avoided the personally and financially devastating verdict in his High Court libel action if he had shown a "scintilla of humility", his fellow Conservative MP Michael Fabricant has tweeted.

PC's lawyer: Mitchell attacks had 'devastating effect'

The lawyer for Plebgate PC claimed Andrew Mitchell was a "Jekyll and Hyde" character who displayed a foul temper and used foul language when at his most angry.

Desmond Browne QC also said media attacks on his client, PC Toby Rowland, had a "devastating effect", ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen has tweeted:

Judge: PC lacked the 'wit' to make up 'Plebgate' claim

The police officer in the Plebgate incident lacked the "wit, imagination or inclination" to make up the exchange with Andrew Mitchell, Mr Justice Mitting has said.

The judge's ruling rejected the allegation there was collusion by the officers on the Downing Street gate following the row with the then-chief whip.

Andrew Mitchell's 27-year career in politics suffered a huge blow when the Plebgate claims emerged. Credit: PA

Mr Justice Mitting said PC Rowland was "not the sort of man who would have had the wit, imagination or inclination to invent on the spur of the moment an account of what a senior politician had said to him in temper".

Mitchell 'grim-faced' as 'Plebgate' verdict was delivered

Andrew Mitchell looked "grim-faced" throughout the verdict as he learned he had lost his 'Plebgate' libel action, ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen has tweeted.

PC Toby Rowland claimed statements made Mr Mitchell from December 2012 onwards falsely suggested he had fabricated his allegations.

Mr Mitchell had denied saying: "Best you learn your f****** place - you don't run this f****** government - you're f****** plebs."

He said he would never call a policeman a pleb "let alone a f****** pleb" - although he agreed he muttered audibly under his breath 'I thought you lot were supposed to f****** help us' - but not at the officer.

The 58-year-old MP for Sutton Coldfield resigned as whip a month after the altercation.

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Judge 'satisfied' Mitchell used the 'toxic word' pleb

The judge at London's High Court has said he is "satisfied" Andrew Mitchell did use the "politically toxic word pleb" in the exchange with PC Toby Rowland at the Downing Street gates.

ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen relayed Mr Justice Mitting's words from court, tweeting:

Mr Mitchell sued News Group Newspapers (NGN) over a September 2012 story in The Sun that claimed the then-chief whip had a branded police officer a "f****** bleb" for not allowing him to cycle through the Downing Street gate.

NGN based its report, which it said was substantially true, on the account given in his log by PC Toby Rowland.

Andrew Mitchell loses libel action over 'Plebgate' incident

Former Government chief whip Andrew Mitchell has lost his High Court libel action over the "Plebgate" incident.

Mr Mitchell attempted to sue News Group Newspapers (NGN) over claims he called police officers "f*****g plebs" during an incident at Downing Street.

The Sutton Coldfield MP stood down as whip a month after the reports of the 'Plebgate' incident emerged. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

'Plebgate' PC 'didn't know what the word meant'

PC Toby Rowlands arriving at court today.

The PC at the heart of the 'Plebgate' row has told the High Court he did not know what the word 'pleb' meant at the time it was allegedly used by MP Andrew Mitchell.

Toby Rowland is suing Mitchell for libel over statements accusing the PC of fabricating the alleged verbal abuse.

Mitchell, meanwhile, is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) for libel over their reporting of the incident.

Mitchell: Sun 'Plebgate' story was disgraceful

A Sun newspaper story alleging Andrew Mitchell called police officers was a "disgraceful piece of journalism", the MP has told court.

However, the former government whip accepted that police had complained about his behaviour, as ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports.

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