Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn has taken legal action over a posted tweet that appeared to poke fun at the terror attack in Liverpool.
A forged photo was posted on the account of Paul Nickerson, a Tory Councilor in East Riding in Yorkshire, who had superimposed Mr Corbyn wearing a wreath of remembrance to make it look like he was heading for the burning taxi at the center of the explosion outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital.
Nickerson was suspended by the Conservative group from his board, deleted the tweet and apologized.
But a spokesperson for Mr Corbyn confirmed to the PA news agency that he had contacted his lawyer and was taking legal action over the publication, which was captioned: “No surprise.”
Mr Nickerson is said to have written to the Member of Parliament for Islington North to apologize for the tweet, which he says was sent after his account was compromised.
He also apologized on Twitter before his account was deleted, but told the BBC his account had been “compromised” by friends playing a prank.
He told the BBC: “As soon as I could, I deleted the comments.”
A quarrel erupted in 2018 when the then Labor leader said he was present when wreaths were laid at the Tunis site in 2014 for victims of a Paris bombing in 1992, but did not believe that he was “really involved” in it.
East Riding Council Conservative Group Leader Jonathan Owen said in a statement: “Following an inappropriate and offensive post that appeared on Councilor Paul Nickerson’s Twitter feed, I suspended him from the Conservative Group of East Riding of Yorkshire Council with effect and an investigation will now take place.
“All people in public life, regardless of politics, should unite in condemning the terrorist attack which took place outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday.
“This is not the time for inappropriate comments, whatever the intention, and they will not be tolerated in this conservative group.
“Residents should expect their elected representatives to act appropriately at all times. “