A Conservative MP has deleted a tweet making unsubstantiated claims about Jeremy Corbyn’s links to “communist spies” after the Labour leader threatened to sue him.
Ben Bradley, a Conservative Party Vice Chair, had tweeted that Corbyn had “sold British secrets” to foreign agents following a series of tabloid allegations about meetings the Labour leader and other MPs attended in the 1980s.
But a spokesperson for Corbyn said on Monday: “Jeremy has instructed solicitors to contact [Tory MP] Ben Bradley to delete his libelous tweet or face legal action.”
The tweet has since been deleted, but was captured by Corbyn supporter Owen Jones - who urged the Labour MP to take legal action.
— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) February 19, 2018
A Labour source also raised the issue of a similar tweet written by Tory minister, Ben Wallace.
The source told HuffPost that Wallace’s tweet was particularly damaging as he was a serving minister, and that he should follow Bradley’s lead and delete his tweet too.
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