Apparatchiks Beware… tweets may cost money

Less than two months before the Assembly Elections, a timely reminder for the various partys’ keyboard warriors:

An inaccurate tweet claiming a rival had been ejected from a polling station cost a Welsh councillor more than £53,000 today.

Judge Seys Llewellyn QC approved a settlement at Cardiff Civil Law Centre after Caerphilly county councillor Colin Elsbury acknowledged he had wrongly defamed town councillor Eddie Talbot.

Nigel Jones of JMD Law, who represented hobby shop owner Mr Talbot, told the court that tweet did his client’s reputation great damage because “the implication was that Mr Talbot was removed by police for criminal or disreputable conduct”. 

In a rare defamation case outside London, the Plaid Cymru politician agreed to pay Mr Talbot £3,000 compensation and his legal expenses of more than £50,000 after making the false claim on his Twitter page on June 4, 2009.

Don’t say you haven’t been warned…