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.
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.