Sir Keir Starmer cleared by police over Durham lockdown beers

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and deputy Angela Rayner have been cleared by Durham Police of breaking lockdown rules.

It follows an inquiry into an event at a Labour MP’s office in April 2021.

In a statement, the police said there was “no case to answer” citing an exemption to lockdown rules for “reasonably necessary work”.

Sir Keir he would have quit his role if he had been fined as “matter of principle”, adding “integrity matters”.

“It shouldn’t be controversial to say that those who make the law can’t break the law,” he told a press conference.

He added that he wouldn’t “get everything right” and would make mistakes but promised “What you will always get from me is someone who believes honour and integrity matters.”

In a statement, Ms Rayner, who had also promised to quit if fined, said: “The contrast with the behaviour of this disgraced prime minister couldn’t be clearer.”

At the Durham gathering on 30 April, which was in the run-up to the Hartlepool by-election, people drank beer and ate curry in the constituency office of City of Durham MP Mary Foy.

Social distancing rules – including a ban on indoor mixing between households – were in place at the time.

However, Labour had argued the food was consumed between work events, meaning the gathering was within the rules.

Written by: Relaks Radio

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