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Andrew Mitchell has said he is “bitterly disappointed” after losing his libel action over the so-called Plebgate affair.
The former chief whip has been ordered to pay £300,000 in costs following the ruling by Mr Justice Mitting.
The judge said: "I am satisfied at least on the balance of probabilities that Mr Mitchell did speak the words alleged or something so close to them as to amount to the same including the politically toxic word pleb."
Mr Mitchell was suing the owners of The Sun newspaper for its claim that he launched a verbal attack on police officers at the gates of Downing Street.
He denied using terms attributed to him by PC Toby Rowland of the Metropolitan Police's Diplomatic Protection Team, who counter-sued Mr Mitchell over the former Cabinet minister's claim the officer fabricated the quotes.
Justice Mitting described Mr Mitchell's account of events as "inconsistent" with CCTV evidence and said PC Rowland was "not the sort of man" to have had "the wit, imagination or inclination" to invent an account of what was said by a senior politician.
Leaving court this evening, Mr Mitchell said: “Obviously I am bitterly disappointed by the result of the judgement today.
“This has been a miserable two years and we now need to bring this matter to a close and to move on with our lives.”
He now faces having to pay costs that are estimated at up to £3m and has until January to make interim payments to News UK and the Police Federation of £300,000.
Mr Mitchell was criticised by a fellow Tory backbencher this evening. Michael Fabricant - who gave written evidence during the trial - claimed that the former chief whip could have remained in post if he had shown “a little more humility".
"I have gone into Number 10 Downing Street through the gate there many times and I have always found the police to be nothing but courteous," Mr Fabricant told the BBC.
"But if I had lost my temper with the police, the following day I would have said: ‘I am sorry for losing my temper, I don’t recall exactly what I said, but actually losing my temper was unforgivable, I’m really sorry.'
"And that would have been that and Andrew Mitchell would have been still the government chief whip, or indeed still be doing some other job in government. And that’s why it is so desperately sad. He was such a first rate international development secretary too.”
Speaking on the steps of the High Court after the verdict, PC Rowland said he and his family had been through an "indescribable" experience but that his "integrity" and "reputation as a police officer" had now been recognised.
"I hope now that a line can be drawn and everyone can be left in peace," he added.
Meanwhile, The Sun's managing editor Stig Abell said the ruling "endorsed the values of a robust and irreverent journalism".
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