Ben Bradley Apologises For “Serious Defamatory Statement” He Made About Jeremy Corbyn
A Tory MP who accused Labour leader of having links to Cold War spies, has been forced to apologise and make a “substantial” donation to charity.

Ben Bradley formerly tweeted a “wholly untrue” allegation that Jeremy Corbyn had “sold secrets to Communist spies”, but later deleted his post after he was threatened with legal action.

It followed newspaper allegations about Corbyn’s contact with a Czech intelligence agent in the 1980s.

Corbyn dismissed the claims as “ridiculous smears” and threatened legal action against the Tory MP.

The Conservative Party vice-chairman apologised unreservedly for the tweet and agreed to never repeat the claims in any form, said Labour.

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Bradley also agreed to make a charity donation as well as covering Corbyn’s legal costs.

“I fully accept that my statement was wholly untrue and false,” the apology says.

“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.”

The Labour leader will split the undisclosed sum of money between a homeless charity and a foodbank in Bradley’s constituency of Mansfield.

A spokesman for Corbyn said: “We are pleased Ben Bradley has admitted what he said was entirely untrue and apologised, and that charities in Mansfield will benefit.”

“Following the botched smear campaign against Jeremy, this case shows we are not going to let dangerous lies go unchallenged.” the spokesman added.

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