The Twitter account of a Conservative councillor in East Riding of Yorkshire published a doctored photo of Jeremy Corbyn at the bomb site after the explosion outside Liverpool Women’s Hospital. Tweets from Paul Nickerson depicted Mr Corbyn coming toward the flaming cab while holding up a Remembrance wreath.
The tweet has already been removed, and he has since apologised for it.
The councillor claimed his social media account had been “compromised” before the posting of the message.
“As soon as I was able, I deleted the comments,” he told the BBC.
The Islington North MP, after writing to Jeremy Corbyn to apologise, has begun legal procedures.
The post looked to be referencing a controversy that occurred in 2018 over a photograph of Jeremy Corbyn.
Labour leader Ed Miliband was seen at a wreath laying ceremony at a Tunisian cemetery at the time.
The 2014 photo of Jeremy Corbyn laying a wreath at the feet of those responsible for the Munich Olympic tragedy aroused uproar.
“I was present at that wreath-laying, I don’t think I was actually involved in it,” the senior MP said.
Since then, he has been the target of considerable ridicule for his partial admission.
The Conservative group on his council has expelled Mr Nickerson.
According to the party’s leader, Jonathan Owen, Councillor Paul Nickerson has been suspended from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Conservative group after an “inappropriate and abusive message” emerged on his Twitter page. An investigation is now underway.
The Conservative councillor said: “All people in public life, irrespective of politics, should be united in condemning the terrorist attack that took place outside the Liverpool Women’s Hospital on Remembrance Sunday.”
“It is not the time for inappropriate remarks, however intended, and they will not be tolerated in this Conservative Group.”
“Residents should expect their elected representatives to act in an appropriate manner at all times.”