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A Conservative councillor will pay "substantial" damages and legal costs to Jeremy Corbyn for tweeting a doctored photograph of the former Labour leader at the scene of the Liverpool terrorist attack.

Mr Nickerson said he had taken "full responsibility" for the fake photo, which showed Mr Corbyn laying a poppy wreath near the burning taxi outside Liverpool Women's Hospital.

the tweet was captioned : "unsurprisingly".

"the false photograph, captioned by the word 'unsurprisingly ', gave the completely untrue impression that jeremy corbyn supports terrorist violence including suicide bombings" mr nickerson said.

"Without any hesitation, I wholly accept he does not," he added in a statement he tweeted out on Tuesday.

"without reservation i fully withdraw any suggestion or inference that jeremy corbyn is a supporter of terrorist violence.

"i unreservedly and sincerely apologise to mr corbyn for the hurt and distress that has been caused to him by the tweet.

"I entirely accept that the posting of the message the day after Remembrance Sunday aggravated the hurtful nature of the defamatory tweet."

"Councillor Paul Nickerson's Photoshopped Twitter post about me failed to understand the seriousness of the threat and did a disservice to all those affected by the attack and their loved ones."

The Islington North MP, who called the terror attack "a horrific crime", welcomed the apology and said Mr Nickerson had agreed to not repeat the tweet, which he has deleted.

This substantial settlement will be used to support charities that are 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.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council member has resigned from the local Conservative group.

Mr Corbyn's had instructed his solicitor to bring legal proceedings for libel after the tweet was posted on 15 November, and revealed he would be donating the damages to charity.

Mr Corbyn said : "The bomb attack on Liverpool Women's Hospital on Remembrance Sunday was a horrific crime, which could have killed or maimed countless victims, including new mothers and their babies.

"So I welcome his decision to apologise for his defamatory post, to agree not to repeat the tweet which he has deleted and to pay substantial damages and legal costs.

He posted an apology on his Twitter account, saying he would also pay Corbyn's legal costs.

The tweet was wrong and I retract it.

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