Keir Starmer claims to have telephone and WhatsApp data proving he labored AFTER Beergate curry

Keir Starmer has telephone data that Labour believes clear him of breaking lockdown guidelines as a result of they present he went again to work after the Beergate curry being investigated by police.

In a high-stakes gamble, the opposition chief mentioned he would ‘do the precise factor and step down’ if Durham Police fined him over his lockdown beer and meals with aides. 

Deputy chief Angela Rayner – who was additionally current – has mentioned she too would stand down if she is fined. 

However Labour is providing to share information with the power it believes clear him of rule-breaking whereas campaigning in April 2021.

The social gathering has compiled time-stamped logs from WhatsApp chats, paperwork and video edits, exhibiting they carried on working after the takeaway was delivered – persevering with to 1am, The Guardian reported.

A celebration supply mentioned: ‘We now have been completely clear that no guidelines had been damaged. We are going to present documentary proof that individuals had been working earlier than and after stopping to have meals.’

Durham Police would additionally face stress it it was to superb Mr Starmer, having let off Boris Johnson’s former aide Dominic Cummings off with a warning for a suspected breach of lockdown guidelines.

Mr Cummings was compelled to make a groveling apology within the Rose Backyard of No10 in Might 2020 after it was revealed he drove from London to Durham the earlier March throughout lockdown. 

However he stored his job – no less than for the remainder of the 12 months – and confronted no police censure. 

Durham Police would also face pressure it it was to fine Mr Starmer, having let off Boris Johnson's former aide Dominic Cummings off with a warning for a suspected breach of lockdown rules.

Durham Police would additionally face stress it it was to superb Mr Starmer, having let off Boris Johnson’s former aide Dominic Cummings off with a warning for a suspected breach of lockdown guidelines.

Mr Cummings was forced to make a groveling apology in the Rose Garden of No10 in May 2020 after it was revealed he drove from London to Durham the previous March during lockdown.

Mr Cummings was compelled to make a groveling apology within the Rose Backyard of No10 in Might 2020 after it was revealed he drove from London to Durham the earlier March throughout lockdown.

In a dramatic assertion on Monday, Sir Keir mentioned he would do the ‘proper factor’ if he was issued with a hard and fast penalty discover in relation to a gathering in Labour workplaces in Durham in April final 12 months.

The transfer was seen an enormous gamble, inserting his future within the fingers of Durham Police after it was introduced final week officers would reopen an investigation into the occasion the place Sir Keir drank beer and ate curry.

Nonetheless, Labour sources are assured they’ll show it was a piece occasion and that these current had been taking a break to eat whereas working late on preparations for the Hartlepool by-election.

Requested if the transfer is a high-risk technique, shadow schooling secretary Bridget Phillipson advised Sky Information: ‘I believe it’s the precise factor to do. That’s what issues most. Keir is somebody of precept, and he’s checked out this and thought he needs to be clear he’s doing the precise factor.’

In his assertion, Sir Keir mentioned repeatedly no guidelines had been damaged as he sought to distinction his actions with Boris Johnson who has refused to stop after being fined by the Met Police over a gathering in No 10 in June 2020 to mark his 56th birthday.

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However having repeatedly known as for Mr Johnson to go for breaking the legislation, many at Westminster believed he would haven’t any alternative however to fall on his sword if he was discovered to have performed so himself.

Policing minister Package Malthouse mentioned a resignation by Sir Keir Starmer doesn’t imply the Prime Minister ought to do the identical.

Requested if the Labour chief is fined and does resign, it could imply Boris Johnson ought to comply with swimsuit, he mentioned: ‘Not essentially, no.’

He advised LBC: ‘Clearly in any state of affairs the place, you understand, the foundations had been transferring round, there have been misunderstandings or errors had been made, and apologies are made and they’re accepted, then folks of all walks of life ought to have the ability to maintain their jobs.

‘However Keir Starmer has to talk for himself and set his personal requirements.’

In his assertion Sir Keir mentioned he believed within the the precept that ‘those that make the legal guidelines should comply with them’ and that politicians who failed to take action ‘undermine our democracy’.

‘I’m completely clear that no legal guidelines had been damaged, they had been adopted always, I merely had one thing to eat whereas working late within the night as any politician would do days earlier than an election,’ he mentioned.

‘But when the police resolve to problem me with a fixed-penalty discover I’d, in fact, do the precise factor and step down.’

Questions nevertheless stay over whether or not Sir Keir, a former director of public prosecutions, would stand down if police recommend he might have damaged the foundations however don’t problem a superb, because it did with Dominic Cummings.

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Pressed by reporters, he mentioned: ‘The penalty for a Covid breach is a fixed-penalty discover, that’s a matter of legislation, and I’ve set out what the place is in relation to that.’

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