Plaid leader Lindsay Whittle hits out at legal costs of Twitter case
Lindsay Whittle, Plaid Cyrmu’s leader on Caerphilly Council, has hit out at the potential tens of thousands of pounds a councillor is facing in legal costs over a false allegation made on Twitter.
Caerphilly councillor Colin Elsbury has agreed to pay Independent town councillor Eddie Talbot £3,000 compensation but faces a much heftier legal costs bill which could run into tens of thousands of pounds.
Councillor Whittle said: “Colin has admitted he made a mistake and is paying a very heavy price. But I do have concerns about the potential level of legal costs which will inevitably have a serious impact on Colin, his wife and two children. They dwarf the actual compensation agreed.
“As a Plaid group we will be holding a special meeting to rally around Colin at this very difficult time. I can guarantee that this very sad episode will not have any impact on Colin’s political career. Since being elected nearly two years ago, he has worked tirelessly for people in the ward.”
Cllr Whittle added: “With Twitter, Facebook and blogs now a part of everyday life it may be necessary for advice on using social media to be provided for young and new politicians.
“And this case provides a salutary lesson not just to politicians but to everyone in Wales who uses social media sites – be careful what you say at all times because a mistake could change your life.”
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