Sir Keir Starmer WILL be investigated by cops over 'beergate' & £200 curry lockdown-breaking bash
SIR Keir Starmer WILL be investigated by police over his 'beergate' lockdown-breaking bash.
Cops initially refused to investigate the Labour leader for breaking Covid lockdown rules when he boozed and scoffed a takeaway curry with colleagues in April 2021.
Cops previously reviewed the video but took no further action despite the bash occurring when most indoor gatherings were banned.
But in a major U-turn today, Durham Constabulary confirmed cops would finally investigate the claims fully.
A spokesman said: "Earlier this year, Durham Constabulary carried out an assessment as to whether Covid-19 regulations had been breached at a gathering in Durham City on April 30, 2021.
"At that time, it was concluded that no offence had been established and therefore no further action would 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."
Starmer was seen clutching a bottle of San Miguel at the bash with MPS and aides last spring, when coronavirus restrictions meant no more than six people could dine together inside.
The Sun later revealed £200-worth of curry had been ordered for up to 30 people.
Insisting he hadn't broken any rules, Starmer told Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid: "People went through the kitchen, got a plate, had something to eat along with their work."
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But the rules for workplaces serving food at the time specifically stated: "There should not be any sharing of food and drink by staff who do not share a household."
The revelation will come as a blow for Starmer, who is today celebrating strengthening Labour's grip on London.
The Party gained Wandsworth and Westminster in yesterday's council elections.
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