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'Plebgate': Andrew Mitchell legal bill of £300,000

Andrew Mitchell in November 2013 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Andrew Mitchell resigned as government Chief Whip in 2012

The former government Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell has paid £300,000 in legal costs after losing his libel case in the "Plebgate" affair.

A High Court judge ruled in December the Sutton Coldfield MP must pay the Police Federation and News Group Newspapers - publishers of the Sun - an interim payment of £150,000 each.

The judge had concluded Mr Mitchell had probably called police "plebs" in 2012.

Lawyers told BBC News the Conservative MP had complied with the order.

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