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D-Day for Starmer? Labour leader Sir Keir may find out TODAY if he is going to be fined by Durham Police over Beergate
- Durham Police are set to announce their findings in the ‘Beergate’ investigation
- Sources suggest the outcome could be revealed to the Labour Party later today
- If fined, Sir Keir Starmer may only have two hours to prepare for his resignation
- Officers indicated they would make results public soon after contacting Labour
Sir Keir Starmer could have as little as two hours to prepare a resignation speech if he is fined over Beergate, it has been revealed.
Durham Police have indicated they will publicly announce the outcome of their investigation very soon after telling Labour lawyers.
It is understood investigators have reached the end of their six-week inquiry into whether Starmer breached lockdown rules in April 2021, The Telegraph reports.
On the day in question, the Labour leader and his deputy Angela Rayner had a beer and takeaway with activists in Durham after a day of campaigning with local MP Mary Foy.
Unlike Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Starmer has vowed to step down from his position as Labour leader is he is handed a fixed penalty notice.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (pictured in Wakefield on June 24) could have as little as two hours to prepare a resignation speech if he is fined over Beergate, it has been revealed
A Durham Police source said: ‘It is important to be fair to Sir Keir and the others under investigation and give them time to digest the findings.
‘But equally this is a matter of real public interest and so there is a determination to inform the public as soon as is reasonably possible.’
It is anticipated that officers could contact Starmer as early as today with the outcome of the investigation.
At the time of the April gathering, non-essential retail and outdoor venues including pub gardens were open, but social distancing rules, which included a ban on indoor mixing between households, remained in place.
Sir Keir previously confirmed he would ‘do the right thing’ and resign if he was fined by officers for breaching coronavirus restrictions at the time. Ms Rayner has also said she would stand down if issued with a fixed-penalty notice.
Despite denials stretching back three months, it emerged that Ms Rayner had also been present, along with Durham MP Mary Foy.
It has also emerged that the group of around 20 people shared a £200 curry at a time when buffet-style meals were banned.
Police initially refused to investigate, but later announced a U-turn after a string of revelations by the Daily Mail about what happened at Durham Miners Hall.