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Plebgate was that storm-in-a-tea-cup affair that happened at the gates of 10 Downing Street, the official home of the UK Prime Minister, in 2012.
The story was that Tory minister and Chief Whip, Andrew Mitchell, called a police officer on duty a pleb during a row, using expletives to hammer home his point that, as an MP he should be able to use the main gates of No.10 to exit with his bicycle rather than the side-gate.
He wanted to cycle out rather than walk his bike through the side-gate and felt that as an MP he deserved special treatment.
Subsequently MP Andrew Mitchell resigned but a costly investigation followed. But Thursday Mitchell lost his libel case against The Sun and he may face costs of £2m.
Background to Plebgate
Mitchell was adamant that he had not used the word Pleb. He and the public seemed OK with reports that he had sworn using a four-letter word but the word Pleb, with all its possible connotations when used by a Tory toff, was a step too far.
David Cameron was quick to give Mitchell a dressing down and make sure that he apologised. This led to an insincere and meagre apology; far from heartfelt it was a man going through the motions.
Keith Wallis, 53, a member of the Metropolitan Police Diplomatic Protection Group sent an email to an MP about the incident claiming he had watched it first hand, but he lied. The row actually involved PC Toby Rowland and Wallis circulated Rowland's report.
Wallis emailed his own MP, the deputy Chief Whip, claiming he was a tourist sightseeing in London when he witnessed the event. A thorough, and costly, investigation followed. Others were under investigation but Wallis said he acted independently and the officer who was involved in the argument with Mitchell was not involved.
In court Wallis, admitted a charge of misconduct and was sentenced to one-year in jail. This ended his police career abruptly.
In January we reported "The Plebgate incident's investigation has cost the public more than £300,000 and involved 1,100 statements being taken and 439 exhibits seized. Mitchell claimed all along that he was set-up in revenge for government orchestrated police service cuts."
This figure will be much higher now. It represents a huge waste of money and raises questions about policing priorities. Little wonder public trust in police in the UK remains at a low point.
No stone was left unturned in an effort to clear Mitchell's name.
The Sun published the Plebgate story and Mitchell took the publication to court accusing them of libel.
But Thursday PC Toby Rowland was left elated after Mitchell lost his libel case.
The libel case
The High Court judge in the libel case ruled that Mitchell 'probably' did call officers plebs, using 'toxic' language.
"Mr Justice Mitting said the Tory MP's behaviour was "childish" and that his version of events was inconsistent with CCTV footage of the row with PC Toby Rowland in Downing Street in 2012" reports BBC News.
Mitchell has been ordered to pay interim costs of £300,000 but the final figure is set to be significantly more.
But that must surely mean his position as MP is untenable?
Will he resign again, be sacked or will it be business as usual in our rotten parliament?