Show Hide image The Staggers 4 March 2015 Plebgate: Andrew Mitchell agrees to pay £80,000 in damages to PC Toby Rowland Andrew Mitchell's two-year legal battle has ended in the Sutton Coldfield MP paying £80,000 in damages. Print HTML Andrew Mitchell, the former Chief Whip and International Development Secretary, has paid £80,000 in libel damages to PC Toby Rowland, the police officer at the centre of the "Plebgate" affair. At the end of a libel trial last year, brought by Mitchell against the Sun, a judge ruled that Mitchell had used the "politically toxic word pleb" in his altercation with Rowland and other officers at th gates of Downing Street. Rowland’s solicitor, Jeremy Clarke-Williams, told Mr Justice Warby: “The payment of £80,000 damages by Mr Mitchell sets the seal on PC Rowland’s vindication, as well as providing compensation for the injury to his reputation and the distress caused to him and his family over many months.” He added: “PC Rowland never felt that the events in Downing Street were anything more than a minor incident. He was not responsible for the publicity which followed and would have much preferred that the whole matter had never entered the public domain. He now simply wishes to be left in peace to continue his police career.” It is estimated that Mitchell's legal bills will reach about £3m. › The Licence Fee remains the best way to fund the BBC - here's how we modernise it Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog. From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles The Fire Brigades Union reaffiliates to Labour - what does it mean? John Gray on the future of the state on the NS Podcast Could Labour lose the Oldham by-election?