Tory MP Ben Bradley sparked outrage last week with a baseless, tweeted accusation that Jeremy Corbyn had ‘sold British secrets to communist spies’. The tweet prompted a letter to Bradley from Corbyn’s lawyers, insisting that Bradley issue an unreserved apology, ask his followers to share it and make a significant donation to charities of Corbyn’s choice – or face court action.
Bradley rapidly deleted his ill-judged tweet.
But today Bradley did everything that Corbyn had demanded, in a humiliating climbdown. Spot the keywords it’s believed Corbyn’s lawyers insisted he repeat to an embarrassing degree:
On 19 February 2018 I made a seriously defamatory statement on my Twitter account, ‘Ben Bradley MP (@bbradleymp)’, about Jeremy Corbyn, alleging he sold British secrets to communist spies. I have since deleted the defamatory tweet. I have agreed to pay an undisclosed substantial sum of money to a charity of his choice, and I will also pay his legal costs.
“I fully accept that my statement was wholly untrue and false. I accept that I caused distress and upset to Jeremy Corbyn by my untrue and false allegations, suggesting he had betrayed his country by collaborating with foreign spies.
“I am very sorry for publishing this untrue and false statement and I have no hesitation in offering my unreserved and unconditional apology to Jeremy Corbyn for the distress I have caused him.
Will his admission of a completely ‘false and untrue’ statement cost him his position as a vice-chair of the Tory party?
Bradley has also previously caused outrage by social media messages about ‘splatting chavs’ and sterilising poor people – so it’s a neat twist that Corbyn made him pay his ‘undisclosed substantial sum of money’ to a food bank and a homelessness charity.
In Bradley’s own constituency of Mansfield.
Only time will tell whether he’s learned anything lasting from this experience, but local homeless or hungry people will no doubt be glad of his rash tweet – at least until the next General Election. Assuming he makes it that far.
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