Durham Police will now investigate Sir Keir Starmer over ‘beergate’ allegations according to the Telegraph.
Durham Constabulary had previously said they did not believe the Labour leader had breached Covid-19 rules when he and colleagues drank beer and had a takeaway curry in April 2021, when indoor social gatherings were banned.
However, following mounting pressure and repeated questions over Sir Keir’s version of events, the police will now investigate the claims fully.
Sir Keir was filmed drinking beer with colleagues in the local Labour MP Mary Foy’s Durham office on the night of April 30 last year in the run up to the Hartlepool by-election.
It later emerged the group had taken delivery of a large take-away curry meal and as many as 30 people may have been in attendance.
Sir Keir insisted it was not a breach of the regulations because it was simply a meal break during a work event. However, the revelation that Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner was also present at the event, despite repeated denials by the Labour Party, led to fresh questions over the gathering.
According to the Telegraph “even if Sir Keir is found to have breached the coronavirus regulations, it is unlikely he will receive a fixed penalty notice as Durham Constabulary has insisted it does not issue fines retrospectively.”