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Keir Starmer WILL be researched over ‘beergate’: Durham Police affirm test as Labor pioneer toasts final voting day triumphs

Keir Starmer WILL be researched over 'beergate': Durham Police affirm test as Labor pioneer toasts final voting day triumphs

Keir Starmer WILL be researched over ‘beergate’: Durham Police affirm test as Labor pioneer toasts final voting day triumphs

Police have been under immense strain to research the alleged ‘Beergate’ occasion in April 2021 in Durham
Keir Starmer conceded offering a curry to up to 30 Labor authorities at workplaces of Durham MP Mary Foy
Police held off declaration of any test having trusted that the neighborhood political decision period will end the previous evening
A few pundits have addressed timing of declaration when Boris has examination looming over him
Police will at long last examine Sir Keir Starmer over his boozy lockdown curry, it was asserted today.

Durham Police had said they were certain the Labor chief had not penetrated Covid rules when he and party helpers had lagers and a focal point April in 2021, when a great many Britons were prohibited from blending inside by and large.
However, Sir Keir was shot drinking a container of lager with partners at the occasion at the workplaces of Durham MP Mary Foy in the approach last year’s neighborhood decisions, being completely condemned as he more than once wriggled in interviews this week when gotten some information about the occurrence.

Furthermore, following mounting pressure and rehashed inquiries over Sir Keir’s rendition of occasions, its investigators will examine the cases completely, as indicated by the Daily Telegraph.

Police had said they would stand by to report it because of the neighborhood political decision period, which finished yesterday. In any case, pundits have called attention to that Boris Johnson has had his police test looming over him for quite a long time.

It came as the Labor chief Sir Keir visited Barnet today later and asserted his party was ‘in the groove again’ after the Corbyn period having taken three London committees from the Tories.

However, casting a ballot master John Curtice said Labor actually doesn’t examine a situation to win a greater part at the following general political decision and the left-wing effort bunch Momentum prodded that the figures were ‘unmistakably disappointing’ and had ‘gone in reverse’.

Police will probe this event in April 2021 after Sir Keir struggled to answer questions about the event at Durham Miners Hall, which took place at a time when almost all indoor socialising was banned

Police will probe this event in April 2021 after Sir Keir struggled to answer questions about the event at Durham Miners Hall, which took place at a time when almost all indoor socialising was banned
Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer arrives to meet with winning Labour Councillors in Barnet today after good results in London but mixed results outside the capital

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer arrives to meet with winning Labour Councillors in Barnet today after good results in London but mixed results outside the capital
Keir and the beer! Labour leader drinks at event in April 2021
Labour was under pressure last night to release the Beergate Tapes following Sir Keir’s suggestion that he recorded video clips after his late-night takeaway.

Having said the curry was consumed during a break from work, Sir Keir has struggled to prove that he carried out any duties after he was filmed holding a bottle of beer at Durham Miners Hall at 10.04pm.

An ‘online event for members’ cited as an example concluded at 9.18pm.

Sir Keir has also said he recorded ‘pieces to camera’ for social media – but just one Facebook clip appears to have been recorded that day, and it was shot during daylight hours.

‘Shifty Starmer’s accounts of what happened at his beer and curry night just don’t add up,’ Mark Jenkinson, MP for Workington, said.

‘What were these videos he was allegedly filming, and why won’t he release them?’

Yesterday Sadiq Khan risked inflaming the Beergate row by admitting there is ‘equivalence’ between Keir Starmer’s actions and Boris Johnson‘s birthday party in No10.

The London Mayor gave a distinctly half-hearted defence of Keir Starmer suggesting the main difference was that the Labour leader only broke lockdown once.

The extraordinary comments came after days in which an increasingly tetchy Sir Keir has struggled to shake off questions about consuming beer and curry with up to 30 aides on an election visit to Durham last year.

In an interview on Talk TV last night, Mr Khan was asked to explain how that differed from the June 2020 episode when Mr Johnson was presented with a cake in the Cabinet Room – which has seen both him and Rishi Sunak fined.

Mr Khan initially started referring to other alleged incidents in No10, before conceding: ‘I think you make a fair point. If there was one occasion where an incident happened in Downing Street I think it’s a fair point to say there is equivalence.

‘We now know though there were many occasions and a culture versus one occasion having a beer and a curry at the end of a campaigning day.’

A picture emerged of what may have been his official car (above) in Durham that evening. This raises the prospect that his police protection team might be able to provide bombshell testimony, in the same way that officers are being asked for their recollections of 'Partygate' events in Downing Street

A picture emerged of what may have been his official car (above) in Durham that evening. This raises the prospect that his police protection team might be able to provide bombshell testimony, in the same way that officers are being asked for their recollections of ‘Partygate’ events in Downing Street
Sadiq Khan gave a distinctly half-hearted defence of Keir Starmer suggesting the main difference was that the Labour leader only broke lockdown once
Keir Starmer wriggles on Beergate in GMB interview with Susanna Reid
Police faced renewed pressure to investigate ‘Beergate’ yesterday after Keir Starmer admitted sharing a lockdown curry with up to 30 Labour officials at a time when buffets were banned.

A former chief constable yesterday said Durham police should ‘reconsider’ their initial dismissal of the case in the light of ‘new information’.

And a Tory MP urged the force to speak to Sir Keir’s Scotland Yard bodyguards about what they witnessed at the now notorious event on April 30 last year, when the Labour leader was filmed enjoying a late night beer with activists.

For the second day running, Sir Keir struggled to answer questions about the event at Durham Miners Hall, which took place at a time when almost all indoor socialising was banned.

The event has drawn comparisons with the so-called ‘birthday party’ in No 10 which resulted in Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak each being fined £50 – and prompted Sir Keir to call for them to resign.

But Sir Keir said it was a ‘smear’ to suggest he breached the regulations while having ‘a takeaway and a beer while I was working late at night’.

Labour sources say that Sir Keir was drinking in Durham late in the evening because the takeaway arrived an hour overdue, The Times reports.

A source familiar with the events rejected claims that 30 people had been present present, suggesting instead that there were roughly 15 — including Angela Rayner.

At the time it had been against the law to gather indoors with people from outside households or support bubbles – though an exemption was in place for work purposes.

While Durham police looked into video footage in February and said it would not take action, two cabinet ministers want police to investigate again.

It is understood that the force will not make any announcement until after today’s elections because of purdah

Former chief constable of Manchester, Sir Peter Fahy, said Durham police should look again at the evidence – but stressed that the events seemed ‘starkly different’ to the issue of Downing Street parties.

Confronted on ITV’s Good Morning Britain with a copy of yesterday’s Mail, the Labour leader insisted there was ‘no breach of the rules’, despite lockdown laws at the time banning almost all indoor socialising.

However, he did not challenge reports that the Friday night gathering was attended by up to 30 people.

Labour officials are said to have ordered £200 of takeaway curries for staff at the end of a long week on the campaign trail.

Sir Keir told ITV’s Richard Madeley: ‘This was brought in and at various points people went into the kitchen, got a plate, had some food to eat and got on with their work.’

At the time, lockdown laws allowed staff to meet indoors if doing so was ‘reasonably necessary for work’. However, official guidance on buffet-style serving was clear.

It stated: ‘There should not be any sharing of food and drink by staff who do not share a household. Minimise self-serving options for food and drink. As far as possible, food served and/or displayed should be individually wrapped to minimise contact and avoid spread of infection.’

Having claimed his curry – and beer – were consumed during a break from work, yesterday saw Sir Keir struggle to say what duties he carried out after he was filmed holding his bottle at 10.04pm.

The ‘online event for members’ cited as an example concluded at 9.18pm.

Sir Keir also stated that he had recorded ‘pieces to camera’ for social media, but just one Facebook clip appears to have been recorded that day – and it was shot during daylight hours.

Cabinet minister Nigel Adams accused the Labour leader of talking ‘bull***’ and ‘dodging’ key questions.

Richard Holden, Tory MP for North West Durham, told his local force that an event involving 30 people was ‘well above the number allowed to meet indoors under the regulations (at the time), and definitely not necessary for work purposes’.

In a letter seen by the Daily Mail, Mr Holden noted that bystanders were now coming forward who were not interviewed when the police initially dismissed the case last year after reviewing a 43-second video filmed by a passer-by.

The letter to Durham’s deputy chief constable Ciaron Irvine continued: ‘Given the serious nature of this new testimony, I hope you will be reaching out to the witnesses involved, as well as the Metropolitan Police officers present at the event, as part of your investigation into what took place.’

‘I think, once again, it highlights that a lot of the legislation around coronavirus was confused, so I think the police have been struggling.’

A Durham Constabulary spokesman said yesterday: ‘We have received a number of recent communications on this subject, which we are considering and will respond in due course.’

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