Jeremy Corbyn takes legal action against Tory councillor who shared doctored picture

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Following the explosion in a cab outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital, the Twitter account of a Conservative councillor in East Riding in Yorkshire shared a doctored image of Mr Corbyn at the scene of the blast. Paul Nickerson’s tweet showed an image of a superimposed Mr Corbyn carrying a Remembrance wreath walking towards the burning taxi.

He has since deleted the tweet and apologised.

The councillor said the post was sent after his social media account was “compromised”.

He told the BBC: “As soon as I was able I deleted the comments.”

Despite having written to Mr Corbyn to say sorry, the Islington North MP has started legal proceedings.

The tweet appeared to be in reference to a row over an image Mr Corbyn which erupted in 2018.

At the time a picture emerged of the then-Labour leader at a wreath-laying ceremony at a Tunisian cemetery.

The image from 2014 sparked outrage with Mr Corbyn holding a wreath for the individuals behind the group that carried out the Munich Olympic massacre.

The veteran MP admitted: “I was present at that wreath-laying, I don’t think I was actually involved in it”.

His partial admission has been the subject of much mockery since then.

Mr Nickerson has been suspended from his council’s Conservative group.

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The leader of the East Riding Council Conservatives, Jonathan Owen, said: “Following an inappropriate and offensive message which appeared on Councillor Paul Nickerson’s Twitter feed, I have suspended him from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Conservative group with immediate effect and an investigation will now take place.

“All people in public life, irrespective of politics, should be united in condemning the terrorist attack that took place outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday.

“It is not the time for inappropriate remarks, however intended, and they will not be tolerated in this Conservative Group.

“Residents should expect their elected representatives to act in an appropriate manner at all times.”

Attacker Emad Al Swealmeen was the only person killed in Sunday’s blast.

His suicide bomb went off in the back of a taxi just moments before the nation held two minutes silence at 11am to remember the who have died in war.

Police are still assessing the motive behind the attack.

It is thought he had been planning the bombing since April.

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