When one man is said to have called another a “pleb”, but no incontrovertible evidence exists that he has done so, how do you get to the truth?
The demand for £300,000 incurred by the MP Andrew Mitchell in the immediate aftermath of the plebgate libel action is a sharp reminder of why so few defamation cases make it to trial in the high court. The Tory politician could ultimately face a bill of up to £1.5m.
The Tory former chief whip Andrew Mitchell is a “Jekyll and Hyde” character with a mixture of charm and menace, his libel trial against the Sun newspaper over the Plebgate affair has heard.
There is no love lost between the Police Federation and the Conservatives as Whitehall presses on with cuts to officers' pay and pensions and slashes the police budget by 20%, removing 16,000 officers from the streets.