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Beergate Police are sending questionnaires to Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner to investigate lockdown rules

The Labor leader and deputy leader have both said they will resign if they are fined by Durham Constabulary – over an alleged Labor event in April 2021

Labor leader Keir Starmer was pictured on the night dubbed'Beergate'.
Labor leader Keir Starmer was pictured on the night dubbed ‘Beergate’.

Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner have been sent questionnaires by police investigating “Beergate’s” claims that they broke lockdown rules.

The Labor Party leader and his deputy were sent the forms by Durham Constabulary.

The force is investigating allegations sparked by a picture of the party leader holding a bottle of lager at a labor event in April 2021.

A Labor Party spokeswoman said last night: “Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner have received questionnaires from Durham Constabulary.”

Officials confirmed this month they had reopened an inquiry into whether Mr Starmer broke coronavirus rules by sharing a beer and curry with Labor activists during an election campaign.

The former chief prosecutor has come under pressure since footage emerged of him drinking with colleagues in Durham in April 2021.






Labor leader has promised to resign if fined by police (file photo)

At the time of the gathering, non-essential retail and outdoor areas, including outdoor dining areas, were open, but social distancing rules, which included a ban on households mixing indoors, remained in place.

“We were in the office, we were working, we were taking a break to eat,” Mr Starmer told Sky News earlier this month.

“There was no partying, no rules were broken, and that’s the long and short of it.

“Durham Police looked at it and decided there was absolutely nothing wrong.”

Police previously said they do not believe “any criminal offense has been established in relation to the then applicable laws and guidance and will therefore not be taking any further action on the matter”.

But on May 6, officials announced they were reopening the investigation after receiving “significant new information.”

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