A former councillor who was ordered to pay thousands of pounds in damages to Jeremy Corbyn is facing a difficult Christmas.
Ex-Tory councillor Paul Nickerson agreed to pay the former Labour leader after reaching a settlement in court for sharing a defamatory image online of Mr Corbyn carrying a Remembrance wreath next to the taxi which exploded outside of Liverpool Women's Hospital.
The exact amount that Mr Nickerson owed has not been disclosed for legal reasons but the councillor, who had been a Conservative before his social media post, said the payout has left him "penniless", as reported by Wales Online.
The councillor launched a GoFundMe appeal for a brief moment entitled "Jeremy Corbyn VS Cllr Paul Nickerson Legal Fees", but it only reached £30 before he decided to take it down.
He stated the the entire experience with the former Labour leader had been a sharp shock.
Councillor Nickerson, of Minster and Woodmansey ward, said he did not want to complain and is keen to make things right going forward, including through a series of charity events due to be held in his area.
Councillor 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.
In a tweeted statement on November 23, Councillor Nickerson wrote: "On 15 November 2021 a false defamatory statement, for which I accept full responsibility, was published on my Twitter account about Jeremy Corbyn MP. My apology is attached. I have agreed to pay substantial damages and legal costs to Mr Corbyn. Please retweet."
The settlement follows the birth of his child George this year, the third of three sons he has with his wife Katie.
Beverley and Holderness Labour have called for his resignation but East Riding opposition Liberal Democrat leader councillor David Nolan said his apology and damages should suffice.
Liberal Democrat deputy leader councillor Denis Healy, whose St Marys ward neighbours councillor Nickerson's, said he should resign and then contest a by-election to get a fresh mandate.
Councillor Nickerson said he would stay on as a councillor as he had several open pieces of casework with residents and that some of them were in need of urgent help.
Alongside his now-defunct appeal to pay his legal fees, Councillor Nickerson has also created a separate GoFundMe appeal to raise £10,000 for charity.
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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