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PM: We should accept Plebgate libel verdict

David Cameron has urged those involved in the so-called 'Plebgate' row to "move on", after former chief whip Andrew Mitchell yesterday lost his libel case against the Sun over its coverage of the incident.

A High Court judge ruled yesterday that the former chief whip did call police officers 'plebs' when they refused to let him through a Downing Street gate in 2012, stating that his version of events was inconsistent with CCTV and witness accounts.

The incident prompted Mr Mitchell's resignation from the Cabinet in 2012, and it has been reported that he now faces costs of up to £3m.

Speaking after a speech on immigration this morning, the Prime Minister appeared to distance himself from his former chief whip's remarks, and said the verdict should draw a line under the matter.

"It is never right to be rude or abusive to a police officer," Mr Cameron said. "I think that's extremely important."

"But look, we've had a court case now. That's how we do things in this country. The judge has made very clear his verdict and I think everyone should accept that verdict and move on."


Govt sells stake in equity fund

Managers at a private equity fund investing in developing countries are to buy the Government’s 40% stake in the company for an advanced payment of $13m (£8m). Andrew Mitchell, the international development secretary, was keen to make cash from the sale of Actis, even though the company has generated little profit in the past few years, the Financial Times reports.


Mitchell under fire over tax avoidance

Andrew Mitchell has been accused of investing in a company that has avoided paying millions of pounds in tax. The International Development Secretary allegedly put cash into a network of property firms, which used a tax loophole to avoid paying £2.6m in stamp duty. The revelation comes a week after George Osborne said in his Budget that "aggressive tax avoidance" was "morally repugnant", and vowed to "come down like a ton of bricks" on those who avoided stamp duty.


Mitchell to meet Police Federation

Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell will meet representatives from the Police Federation to discuss his Downing Street outburst, it has been confirmed.

Mr Mitchell was widely criticised last month after a confrontation with officers at the gates of Downing Street. He is expected to hold a private meeting with the Police Federation on 12 October.


MPs warn on EU aid

International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has admitted the European Union must change its aid programme to “refocus on the poorest countries” after MPs warned more than half was going to “relatively rich” countries. A report from the International Development Committee said it was “unacceptable” that just 46% of the EU’s aid budget, to which Britain contributed £1.23bn in 2010, goes to low-income states.


Minister defends India aid

Andrew Mitchell has stepped in to fight his corner in the growing row over aid to India. The International Development Secretary has faced growing calls to end the aid relationship after India preferred a French supplier for fighter jets over the UK-backed proposal. The Indian finance minister was also widely reported as calling British aid "peanuts", but Mr Mitchell has said he will not back down.