Sir Keir Starmer pulls out of planned event days after ‘beergate’ investigation reopened

On Sunday, Lisa Nandy refused seven times to say whether she thought the labor leader should resign if he is fined for breaking lockdown rules.

The shadow levelling up secretary, who ran against Sir Keir in 2020 for leadership of the party, also refused to rule out a leadership bid if he stepped down.

“He is Mr Rules. He does not break the rules,” Ms Nandy told Sky News.

“He was the director of public prosecutions, not somebody who goes around tearing up rules when it suits him.”

Sir Keir was, however, supported by Jacob Rees-Mogg, who became one of the first politicians to say that the Labor leader should not resign if he is fined by Durham Constabulary.

The Brexit opportunities minister said that the beer and curry incident in Durham was “in the same category of seriousness” as the row over “partygate”, which he described as “fluff”.

“I think he should pay a fine and then talk about the issues of great importance to the nation,” he told Channel 4 on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, Dominic Raab said that it was “rank double standards” for Sir Keir to call for the Prime Minister to resign for being under police investigation, whilst refusing to do so himself.

“He needs to fess up and answer for all the holes in the account that he gave,” the Justice Secretary told Sky News.


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