Andrew Mitchell pays £80,000 to policeman in libel trial


Andrew Mitchell, the former Conservative Party chief whip, has paid £80,000 to the police officer involved in the Plebgate incident, PC Toby Rowland.

A court ruled that Andrew Mitchell had used the word “pleb” following a dispute with police officers on Downing Street. Mitchell had denied using the word when he was told not to ride his bike through the gates.

Following the court decision that Mitchell had used the word “pleb” the police officer began legal proceedings. The £80,000 payment is in addition to the estimated £300,000 legal costs that Mitchell was forced to pay to the Sun newspaper and to the Police Federation.