Liberal Democrat Paul Twigger counts the Â£6,400 cost of leaflet in defamation case
Politics can be an expensive business in many ways.
Politicians will tell of the dramatic effect it can have on their families, or careers put on hold.
Liverpool Liberal Democrat Paul Twigger is today counting the cost in a financial sense.
A long running defamation case with Green councillors Sarah Jennings and John Coyne has finally reached an end with Cllr Twigger agreeing to payout Â£6,400.
He will pay Â£100 a month to cover Â£6,000 of legal expenses racked up by the Greens and Â£400 in damages. At that rate it will take five years to pay off.
Or if he sells his home in Old Swan or remortgages it, any proceeds have to go towards paying off the bill.
He also has to issue an apology to no less than 5,000 households in the St Michaels ward of the city.
It has to read: "In February 2009 we published an article under the heading "Green Councillors Make Homeless Sleep in The Snow". We accept that this was inaccurately reported and factually incorrect. We regret any distress or embarrassment that the article caused to Councillors Sarah Jennings and John Coyne".
Read more on the story HERE.
St Michaels has been a key battleground between the Lib-Dems and the Greens in recent years.
It is quite a blow to Cllr Twigger, who is a key ally of Lib-Dem leader Warren Bradley.
Furthermore the apology has to be issued by April 15, just as the next round of electioneering kicks off in the city.
I wonder if we will get past the local elections without another election leaflet controversy?