What Calling A Copper A Pleb Really Cost Andrew Mitchell
Quite a week for former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell. The man at the centre of Pleb-gate – calling a copper guarding Downing street a ‘fu**ing pleb’ – is broken.
But is he? And what did the court case cost him?
Today the Times says:
He faces a legal bill of more than £1 million after losing the libel battle against The Sun for calling Downing Street police officers “f***ing plebs” who should “know their place”.
The Guardian ups that to £1.5m.
The Daily Mail sees that £1.5m and raises it to £2m.
The Sun gloats and says the bill is…£3m.
And as for being a broken man whose career is over, well, the Times has more on Mitchell:
“I’m planning to stand again [for Parliament] . We are faced with a substantial cost, which has yet to be determined, we’ll deal with that when we know what it amounts to.”
In addition to his £3 million townhouse in Islington, north London, he and his wife, Sharon Bennett, a GP, own a £500,000 house in Sutton Coldfield and a farmhouse of the same value in Nottinghamshire. They also own a chalet in the French ski resort of Val d’Isère. Mr Mitchell has pursued other jobs while serving as an MP. In the past year he almost tripled his basic salary of £67,000 by earning £118,400 from consultancy roles.