Appearing on Loose Women for the first time, the Labour leader said: 'I have put everything on the line because I think that that is the right thing to do'
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Labour chiefs fear TWENTY members of staff will be questioned by police over the lockdown curry that could force Sir Keir Starmer to QUIT – as ‘new evidence emerges of him breaching Covid rules’

  • Keir Starmer was caught on camera drinking a beer in an MP’s office in Durham
  • Covid rules meant that indoor gatherings were banned except for work purposes
  • Labour insiders fear that up to 20 police questionnaires could be issued

Labour chiefs are bracing for 20 members of staff to be questioned over Sir Keir Starmer’s lockdown curry. 

The Labour leader was caught on camera drinking a beer in an MP’s office after a day of campaigning for the local elections in Durham in April 2021.

At the time of the event, Covid rules meant that indoor gatherings were banned except for work purposes.

The event is now subject to an investigation by Durham Police, with Sir Keir announcing he will quit if he is issued with a fixed penalty notice.

Sir Keir has maintained that he did not break the rules in Durham and is ‘sure’ the police will come to the same conclusion. 

Now Labour insiders fear that up to 20 police questionnaires could be issued starting from next week while additional witnesses are summoned to give statements. 

Party chiefs reportedly now fear their defence that the event was work-related could be sunk because beers were only bought because Sir Keir was coming, sources say.

And Sir Keir, who has been dubbed ‘Mr Rules’ and insists he has never broken Covid laws, has also been pictured mask-free inside a Cafe Nero in Darlington on August 13, 2020 – during the height of lockdown, The Sun reports. 

Regulations at the time included mandating the wearing of face masks unless eating or drinking.

Appearing on Loose Women for the first time, the Labour leader said: 'I have put everything on the line because I think that that is the right thing to do'

Appearing on Loose Women for the first time, the Labour leader said: ‘I have put everything on the line because I think that that is the right thing to do’

The Labour leader was caught on camera drinking a beer in an MP's office after a day of campaigning for the local elections in Durham in April 2021

The Labour leader was caught on camera drinking a beer in an MP’s office after a day of campaigning for the local elections in Durham in April 2021

An eyewitness claimed Sir Keir was in the coffee shop ‘for a good 15 to 20 minutes, no mask at any time, no drink, no food’.

It comes as Sir Keir said he has ‘put everything on the line’ by promising to step down if he is fined over alleged Covid rule breaking.

Appearing on Loose Women for the first time, the Labour leader said: ‘I have put everything on the line because I think that that is the right thing to do.

‘That is the complete opposite to the Prime Minister.’

Told it is not up to him to decide whether he had broken the rules or not, the Opposition Leader replied: ‘I know that but my instinct, as soon as I knew that Durham had decided they were going to reopen its investigation, in my heart I knew what I was going to say, which is: if I’m wrong and they’ve found I have broken the law then I’ll do the right thing and step down.’

Sir Keir told the programme the police probe into beergate is a ‘completely different situation’ to the investigation into parties in Downing Street.

He was asked why he has not resigned already when he had previously called for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign for being investigated by the police.

‘By then we already knew that there was industrial-scale rule breaking in Downing Street,’ he said.

‘We had had so many examples, including the example of the wheelbarrow of booze coming in, the suitcases coming in, on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral, so it was a completely different situation.’

He said trust is ‘everything’ in politics and that he does not believe that ‘all politicians are the same’.

‘The number of times I hear: ”You’re all the same, you won’t do the right thing”.

‘I think trust is everything in politics. I have put everything on the line for that honour and that integrity because I don’t believe all politicians are the same.

‘It is important we don’t sink into this where everybody thinks all politicians are the same, because then people lose trust in democracy and think: ”Why should I vote if you’re all the same?”

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