I can’t imagine how Durham Police could decide that they actually have a better understanding of the political imperative of the opposition leader’s timetable just ahead of the local elections, says Adam Wagner
KeiI very much doubt Keir Starmer broke any lockdown laws.
The April 30, 2020 law allowed under “Step 2” any indoor gatherings reasonably required for work purposes.
We now know that the dinner with Maria Foy MP was part of the Labor Party leader’s planned trip to Durham, days before the constituency’s key local election.
It was scheduled from 8.40pm to 10.00pm and took place at the Labor Party Political Office in Miners Hall.
This meeting therefore appears to have been part of the Labor leader’s agenda.
No one suggested this was a party or social gathering.
Labor referred to lockdown rules and social distancing requirements in the timeline, so appears to have decided it is appropriate in the circumstances.
I cannot imagine how Durham Police could decide that they actually have a better understanding of the political imperative of the opposition leader’s timetable ahead of the local elections.
Nor could they check the prime minister’s diary and decide that he shouldn’t have had lunch while meeting with conservative activists.
Not only could they not – they shouldn’t without good reason, as it interferes with the political process.
This is some distance from the Downing Street gatherings which the Metropolitan Police are investigating.
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Each of the 12 had a social purpose and no one in government has claimed otherwise.
These included farewell parties, a birthday party, Christmas parties, a ‘bring your own booze’ drinks party and a party at the Prime Minister’s flat.
Another key question is why Durham Constabulary reopened the inquiry, saying in 2020 it was in line with its “overall approach during the pandemic”.
They would not take retrospective action in relation to the Barnard Castle incident as it would “tantamount to treatment [Dominic] Cummings different from other members of the public”.
Unless there is evidence unknown to the public,
I would ask why the Labor leader seems to be treated differently than other members of the public.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/barrister-covid-expert-explains-doubts-26907011 Lawyer and Covid expert explains why he doubts Keir Starmer broke ALL lockdown laws - Adam Wagner