Keir Starmer might battle for re-election as Labour chief if he’s compelled to give up over Beergate, in response to an ally.
Veteran MP Nick Brown, who served as chief whip below Sir Keir, stated he hoped his former boss can be in cost on the subsequent common election even when he will get a effective.
Talking on BBC Politics North over the weekend, Mr Brown urged that if he’s punished by police Sir Keir might honour his vow to resign on precept, after which merely ask the social gathering to reinstall him in cost.
The extraordinary chance was floated as Durham Police proceed their probe into the potential lockdown breach by Sir Keir and his deputy Angela Rayner final yr.
Each have denied wrongdoing however pledged to face down if they’re handed a Mounted Penalty Discover over an indoor beer and curry with aides throughout a marketing campaign go to final yr.
Sir Keir Starmer was filmed sipping beer at a boozy curry in Durham – an occasion that’s now being investigated by police over alleged Covid rule-breaking
Veteran MP Nick Brown, who served as chief whip below Sir Keir, stated he hoped his former boss can be in cost on the subsequent common election even when he will get a effective
Mr Brown, who retired from the entrance bench in Could final yr, insisted he doesn’t ‘imagine for one second’ that police will punish Sir Keir.
Nonetheless, he floated the prospect that even that might not be the top of the story,
Mr Brown stated: ‘I agree completely with Keir. I feel he’s performed the correct factor. I do know him fairly properly…
‘I don’t imagine for one second the police will discover towards him.
‘Only for the sake of the argument say they did… in the event that they did Keir would do what he stated he would do, would resign.
‘And I’d be the primary individual urging him to hunt re-election and to guide us into the following common election.’
Sir Keir could possibly be helped in a bid for survival by the truth that his most important rival, Ms Rayner, has additionally been caught up within the Beergate scandal.
Each have flatly denied that the incident was towards the principles. It occurred when indoor gatherings had been banned, other than an exception for ‘work functions’.
The row was fuelled as a result of Labour initially denied that Ms Rayner was current, earlier than admitting she had been.
The astonishing U-turn deepened the Beergate row and led to renewed questions on Labour’s account of the Friday evening gathering, which it has at all times insisted was a ‘work occasion’.
Sir Keir repeatedly known as for Boris Johnson to fall on his sword when he was being investigated for Partygate lockdown breaches, and after he was fined by police over a birthday gathering within the Cupboard Room in June 2020.
The extraordinary chance emerged as Durham Police proceed their probe into the potential lockdown breach by Sir Keir and his deputy Angela Rayner (pictured) final yr