Sir Keir Starmer to be investigated over ‘beergate’ allegations

Sir Keir Starmer is to be investigated by police amid allegations he broke lockdown guidelines final 12 months following receipt of “significant new information”, Durham Constabulary mentioned.

The Labour chief has come underneath strain since footage emerged of him consuming a beer with colleagues in April 2021 in Durham throughout campaigning for the Hartlepool by-election.

Sir Keir this week mentioned he wished to concentrate on the cost-of-living disaster and never Conservative “mudslinging”.

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Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer, pictured in north London on Friday, is to be investigated by police in Durham (Jonathan Brady/PA)

A police assertion on Friday afternoon mentioned: “Earlier this 12 months, Durham Constabulary carried out an evaluation as as to whether Covid-19 laws had been breached at a gathering in Durham Metropolis on April 30 2021.

“At the moment, it was concluded that no offence had been established and due to this fact no additional motion can be taken.

“Following the receipt of significant new information over recent days, Durham Constabulary has reviewed that position and now, following the conclusion of the pre-election period, we can confirm that an investigation into potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations relating to this gathering is now being conducted.”

Police beforehand mentioned they did don’t imagine “an offence has been established in relation to the legislation and guidance in place at that time and will therefore take no further action in relation to this matter”.

A spokesman this month mentioned that they had “received a number of recent communications on this subject, which we are considering and will respond in due course”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his spouse Carrie Johnson, and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are amongst these to have already been fined for breaking Covid legal guidelines.

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