AN East Riding has agreed to pay Conservative councilor Jeremy Corbyn “substantial” damages and legal costs for a tweet containing a fake photo of the former Labor leader at the scene of the Liverpool terrorist attack.
Paul Nickerson, a councilor for the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, has apologized and taken “full responsibility” for the manipulated tweet that showed Mr Corbyn waving a poppy seed in a burning taxi outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital Was gone, and was captioned with the words “incredibly.” ,
Mr Nickerson, whose wards were Minster and Woodmansy, said the post gave the “absolutely false impression” that the Islington North MP supports terrorist violence and said the tweet was “incorrect”.
A falsely defamatory statement, for which I accept full responsibility, was published on my Twitter account on 15 November 2021 regarding the Jeremy Corbyn MP. My apologies are attached. I agree to pay substantial damages and legal costs to Mr. Corbyn. Retweet please. pic.twitter.com/K61Vtx4cEo
— clerk Paul Nickerson (@councilorpaul_) November 23, 2021
Mr Corbyn said the tweet did “a disservice to all those affected by the attack and their loved ones” and said he would use the agreement to support charities close to his heart.
Mr Nickerson, who has been suspended by the Conservative group on his council, tweeted his apology on Tuesday.
He wrote: “On 15 November 2021, a falsely defamatory statement about MP Jeremy Corbyn, for which I accept full responsibility, was published on my Twitter account.
“My apology is attached. I agree to pay substantial damages and legal costs to Mr. Corbyn. Please retweet.”
Mr Nickerson said in his apology: “The tweet targeted Jeremy Corbyn and included a fake photo of him holding a poppy wreath at the site of a burning taxi outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital, where a terrorist was at the commemoration on Sunday. There was an attack in which one was killed, one suicide bomber and another injured.
The false photo captioned by the words “unexpectedly” gave a completely false impression that Jeremy Corbyn supports terrorist violence, including suicide bombings, which, without hesitation, I fully acknowledge that he does not Is.
“Without reservation, I fully withdraw any suggestion or conjecture that Jeremy Corbyn is a supporter of terrorist violence. The tweet was incorrect and I take it back.
“I unconditionally and sincerely apologize to Mr. Corbyn for the hurt and distress caused by the tweet.
“I fully acknowledge that posting the message on Sunday the day after the commemoration increased the hurtful nature of the defamatory tweet.”
Aerial view of police activity after the explosion at Liverpool Women’s Hospital (Peter Byrne/PA)
Mr Corbyn directed his lawyer to take legal action for defamation following the publication of the original tweet.
On Tuesday, he said: “The bomb attack on the Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Sunday’s commemoration day was a gruesome crime that could have killed or crippled countless victims, including new mothers and their children.
“Counsellor Paul Nickerson’s photoshopped Twitter post about me failed to understand the gravity of the threat and did a disservice to all those affected by the attack and their loved ones.
“I therefore welcome his decision to apologize for my derogatory post, agree not to repost Tweets he has deleted, and to pay substantial damages and legal costs.
“This substantial agreement will be used to support charities close to my heart, including one in Liverpool and one in my constituency.”
In a statement last week, Jonathan Owen, leader of the Conservative Group on East Riding Council, said “inappropriate remarks” would not be tolerated.
Mr Owen said: “Following an inappropriate and offensive message that appeared on Councilor Paul Nickerson’s Twitter feed, I have suspended him from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Conservative group with immediate effect and will now have an investigation.”