Sir Keir Starmer said he was confident he had not broken any rules when drinking beer and going takeaway with colleagues while restrictions on COVID were in place.

The Labor leader said he was working and stopped eating when he was fired as he drank beer in a room in Durham last April when COVID rules forbade mixing at home indoors other than work.

“As I explained several times, I worked in the office, we stopped to eat, there were no parties, no violations of the rules,” he said.

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Sir Keir Starmer filmed him drinking beer

“I’m sure of it, but the police have to do their job.”

The investigation of the meeting was announced by Durham police on Friday.

Earlier on Saturday, Diane Abbott became the first Labor MP to publicly state that Sir Keir may have to resign if he is fined for the incident.

Shadow Home Secretary Jeremy Corbyn told LBC: “If he does get a fixed fine notice, he really needs to consider his position.

“I mean, I don’t think it will, I think it’s a big hype created by the Tory press.

“But if he had received a fixed notice of the fine, he would have had to consider his position.”

Sir Keira’s allies have refused to speculate publicly on what will happen if the Labor leader is fined.

Conservatives have lined up to call it “hypocrisy,” Education Minister Nadhim Zahavi told Sky News.

Sir Keir has for several months called on Boris Johnson to resign through the party, for which the prime minister was fined last month.

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Rob Powell

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So far, only one Labor MP – former shadow interior minister and Corbyn ally Diane Abbott – has raised her head over the parapet and said in a note that Cyrus Starmer will need to consider his position if he receives a fixed fine notice. for violating COVID rules.

For the most part, Sir Keira’s allies refuse to consider such a possibility. This is partly media management, but there is also some surprise in the situation.

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The Labor leader said so no rules were broken and they stopped to eat and then resumed their work during the by-elections in Hartlepool.

On Friday, he told Sky News: “We worked in the office, stopped to eat, without parties, without breaking the rules.

“Obviously the police have their work to do and we should allow it to continue it, but I’m sure no rules have been broken.”

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Starmer says “there was no party”

Some Labor MPs have admitted that he may have to resign if he receives a fine, but have done so anonymously.

The shadow minister told Sky News: “I don’t really think the same thing, but I think we need to see what happens if he is fined. I think it’s hard when we called on the prime minister to resign. “.

The former shadow cabinet minister said: “If he is fined, then yes [he should resign]but I doubt he will. “

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