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Rachel Riley wins £10k libel damages from Corbyn’s ex-aide

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Ms Riley, 35, the Channel 4 show’s numbers expert, took action against Laura Murray over a tweet she posted more than two years ago.

The High Court heard how both women posted tweets after Mr Corbyn, who was then Labour leader, was hit with an egg while visiting a mosque in March 2019.

Ms Riley had posted a screenshot of a January 2019 tweet by Guardian columnist Owen Jones about an attack on former British National Party leader Nick Griffin, which said: “I think sound life advice is, if you don’t want eggs thrown at you, don’t be a Nazi.”

She added “Good advice”, with emojis of a red rose and an egg.

Later, Ms Murray tweeted: “Today Jeremy Corbyn went to his local mosque for Visit My Mosque Day, and was attacked by a Brexiteer. Rachel Riley tweets that Corbyn deserves to be violently attacked because he is a Nazi. This woman is as dangerous as she is stupid. Nobody should engage with her. Ever.”

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Ms Riley said she was being sarcastic in her tweet, did not call Mr Corbyn a Nazi, and told the judge that Ms Murray’s tweet caused serious harm to her reputation.

Ms Murray was stakeholder manager in Mr Corbyn’s office when he was Labour leader, and went on to be the party’s head of complaints, before going into teaching. She argued that what she tweeted was true and reflected her honestly held opinions. Mr Justice Nicklin oversaw the High Court case in London in May and had said that Ms Murray’s tweet was defamatory.

Yesterday he ruled Ms Riley had demonstrated that Ms Murray’s tweet had caused serious harm to her reputation.

The judge rejected Ms Murray’s argument that denying her defence would be an unjustifiable interference with her right to freedom of expression.

Ms Riley, who is on maternity leave from Countdown after giving birth in November, told the judge she is Jewish and speaks out against antisemitism and thought the Corbyn-led Labour Party was “fostering antisemitism”.

She wrote: “I’m extremely pleased to have won my libel case vs Laura Murray, former head of complaints for the Labour Party. This has been a very draining process and I’m relieved to finally have vindication.”

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