Conservative adviser pays ‘substantial damages’ for slanderous image of Jeremy Corbyn at the scene of the Liverpool terror attack
Cllr Nickerson first claimed that it had been hacked, and in an apology statement he said: “On November 15th a defamatory tweet, for which I accept full responsibility, was posted on my twitter account.
The tweet was aimed at Jeremy Corbyn and included a fake photo of him laying a poppy wreath at the site of a burning taxi outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital where a terrorist attack took place on Remembrance Sunday , killing a suicide bomber and injuring others.
“The fake photograph, captioned with the word ‘unsurprisingly’, gave the totally false impression that Jeremy Corbyn supports terrorist violence, including suicide bombings, which without any hesitation I fully accept that he does not.
“Without reservation, I completely withdraw any suggestion or inference that Jeremy Corbyn is a supporter of terrorist violence.
“The tweet was in error and I withdraw it. I wholeheartedly and sincerely apologize to Mr Corbyn for the hurt and distress caused to him by the tweet.
“I fully accept that the posting of the message the day after Remembrance Sunday only made the slanderous tweet hurtful.
“As a result, I have agreed to pay Mr Corbyn substantial damages, which he donates to charity, as well as his legal costs.”
Emad al-Swealmeen blew himself up in a Dave Perry cab, and counterterrorism police are still investigating a suspected bomb factory he ordered the cab from.
Detectives are still trying to establish whether the hospital or a remembrance service near Liverpool Cathedral was the intended target.
Commenting on the ‘speedy settlement’ in the case, Mr Corbyn said: ‘The bombing of Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday was a gruesome crime, which could have killed or maimed countless victims, including new mothers and their babies.
“Councilor Paul Nickerson’s Twitter post about me failed to understand the seriousness of the threat and was a disservice to everyone affected by the attack and their loved ones.
“So I welcome his decision to apologize for his slanderous post, agree not to repeat the tweet he deleted and pay substantial damages and legal costs.
“This substantial settlement will be used to support charities close to my heart: including one in Liverpool and one in my constituency.”