UK Labor’s Keir Starmer to be investigated for possible COVID breaches – POLITICO

British opposition leader Keir Starmer has been under investigation by police for a possible breach of COVID lockdown rules over the past year.

Starmer was pictured drinking a pint at Durham Miners’ Hall in April 2021, when most indoor socializing was banned to try to contain the virus.

He later admitted he shared an Indian takeaway with up to 30 Labor Party activists at the event in north-east England, but insisted there had been no breach of the rules.

Conservatives have called for an inquiry into the incident as the Labor leader continues to pressure Boris Johnson to resign over the so-called Partygate scandal.

Johnson was fined last month as part of a Metropolitan Police investigation into a series of parties held in Downing Street and Whitehall during the pandemic.

A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: “Earlier this year Durham Constabulary carried out an assessment… and it was found that no offense had been identified and therefore no further action would be taken.

“After receiving important new information over the past few days, Durham Constabulary has reviewed this position and now, at the close of the primary election period, we can confirm that an investigation is being launched into possible breaches of COVID-19 regulations in relation to this gathering will now be carried out.”

A Labor Party spokesman said: “We are of course happy to answer any questions that may arise and we remain clear no rules have been broken.” UK Labor's Keir Starmer to be investigated for possible COVID breaches - POLITICO

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