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Ex-Tory councillor says he's 'penniless' after Jeremy Corbyn legal action


Dad-of-three Paul Nickerson managed to raise just £30 via a GoFundMe appeal after agreeing to pay the former Labour leader an undisclosed sum for sharing a doctored image of Mr Corbyn

Cllr Nickerson said ‘it’s really important to realise how litigation works’

An ex-Tory councillor says he is penniless after having to pay out an undisclosed sum to Jeremy Corbyn for sharing a doctored image of the former Labour leader.

The image showed Mr Corbyn laying a Remembrance wreath by the taxi blown up outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital.

And earlier this week dad-of-three Councillor Paul Nickerson, who posted the image on Twitter, reached an out of court settlement with the left-wing MP, reports Hull Live.

The amount is undisclosed for legal reasons, but the councillor, who had been a Conservative until the backlash over his social media post, said it has left him “penniless”.

The councillor briefly launched a GoFundMe appeal called “Jeremy Corbyn VS Cllr Paul Nickerson Legal Fees” – but it only raised £30 before he decided to remove it.

He said the experience of reaching a settlement with the former Labour leader had been a sharp shock.

But he added he did not want to complain and wanted to make things right going forward, including through a series of charity events in his ward.







Cllr Paul Nickerson’s statement on the incident
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Cllr Nickerson, who remains an Independent on East Riding Council after leaving the Conservative group, agreed to pay substantial damages to Mr Corbyn over a libellous tweet posted on Monday November 15.

Beverley and Holderness Labour have called for his resignation but East Riding opposition Liberal Democrat leader Cllr David Nolan said his apology and damages should be the end of it.

Liberal Democrat deputy leader Cllr Denis Healy, whose St Marys ward neighbours Cllr Nickerson’s, said he should resign and then contest a by-election to get a fresh mandate.

Cllr Nickerson said he would stay on as a councillor as he had several open pieces of case work with residents, some of them in need of help quickly.

The warning came as the councillor said he had seen some share the image online in apparent defiance of the legal settlement.

Alongside his now defunct appeal to pay his legal fees, Cllr Nickerson has also created a separate GoFundMe appeal to raise £10,000 for charity.







Jeremy Corbyn has said he will donate the money from out-of-court settlement to charity
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The councillor said: “The things we say about other people, particularly things like that affect people in the same way it would affect me.

“This has left me in a very challenging situation financially, it’s been a short, sharp shock because you realise there are serious consequences to things that I didn’t realise before.

“It’s really important to realise how litigation works, if you think you can do something like this without consequences then you’re wrong, it will come back into your life in a really bad way.

“Lawyers will get involved, you can’t afford to take that risk because the consequences will be worse in terms of costs.

“The best thing to do is to try and be kind as often as possible in what you say and do, I normally try to do that but I failed.

“I’m going through a difficult process and it’s been a knock, but I’m determined to go back to the things I was doing in my ward before with more gusto.

“I don’t want to complain about it all, I want to fix it and I can only sit in the stocks for so long.

“I’m going to carry on with the work I started with Track Boxing Club and other issues I’ve been involved with in Beverley.

“I’ve committed to raising £10,000 for charities in my ward in the next year, I think the first even will be held in January and anyone who wants to get involved can do.”

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