Keir Starmer ‘convinced’ he hasn’t broken beergate lockdown rules | political news

Sir Keir Starmer has said he is confident he did not break any rules when he had a beer and takeaway with colleagues while COVID restrictions were in place.

The Labor leader said he was working and stopping to eat when he was filmed having a beer in a room in Durham last April when COVID rules banned mixing of households indoors apart from working.

“As I have explained a number of times, I was working in the office, we stopped for something to eat, there was no party, no violation of the rules,” he said.

“I have every confidence in that, but the police have to do their job.”

The inquiry into the meeting The Durham Police Department made the announcement on Friday.

Earlier on Saturday, Diane Abbott became the first Labor MP to publicly say Sir Keir may have to resign if he is fined for the incident.

The shadow home secretary under Jeremy Corbyn told LBC: “If he is actually fined, he should really consider his position.

“I mean, I don’t think he will, I think this is some kind of hype built by the Tory press.

“But if he were to receive a fixed fine, he should consider his position.”

Sir Keir’s allies have refused to think publicly about what would happen if the Labor leader were fined.

Conservatives are lining up to call out his “hypocrisy”, Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi told Sky News.

Sir Keir has been calling for months for Boris Johnson to resign over party gate, for which the prime minister was fined last month.

How does a heterosexual ex-lawyer get caught up in a lockdown scandal?

Rob Powell

political correspondent


So far, only one Labor MP – former shadow Home Secretary and Corbyn ally Diane Abbott – has raised their heads above the parapet and said Keir Starmer should consider his position if he is given a fixed fine for violating the law. COVID rules.

For the most part, Sir Keir’s allies refuse to consider the possibility. That’s partly media management, but there’s also a degree of confusion about the situation.

How does the straightforward ex-lawyer who probably wouldn’t go to a legal party get caught up in a potential lockdown-busting bash?

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The Labor leader has argued that: no rules have been broken and they had stopped to eat and then resumed work during the Hartlepool by-election.

He told Sky News on Friday: “We were working in the office, we stopped for something to eat, no party, no breaking the rules.

“The police clearly have their job to do and we have to let them do their thing, but I am convinced that no rules have been broken.”

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Starmer says there was ‘no party’

Some top Labor MPs have admitted he may have to resign if he is fined, but have done so anonymously.

A shadow minister told Sky News: “It really doesn’t feel the same to me, but I think we’ll have to see what happens if he’s fined. I think it’s hard when we’ve called on the prime minister to step down.”

A former shadow cabinet minister said: “If he gets fined, yes” [he should resign]but I doubt he will be.”

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