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Labour leader in the clear over allegations he broke lockdown rules over drinking a beer in an office

by LLB political Reporter
7th Feb 22 8:31 am

Sir Keir Starmer has been cleared by Durham police as he was accused of breaking lockdown rules after he was filmed drinking a beer at an office.

The Labour leader had visited an MPs office in the City of Durham in the run up to the Hartlepool by-election in April 2021 for work.

A spokesman for the force said: “Durham Constabulary has reviewed video footage recorded in Durham on April 30 2021.

“We do not believe an offence has been established in relation to the legislation and guidance in place at that time and will therefore take no further action in relation to this matter.”

Sir Keir has previously told LBC Radio: “The restrictions allowed people to work when they needed to, we were running an election campaign, we were in a constituency office.”

At the time no restaurants or pubs were open and the hotel he and colleagues were staying in did not serve food.

Sir Keir said, so “if you didn’t get a takeaway then our team wasn’t eating that evening.”

The Labour leader was asked if he was prepared to apologise, Sir Keir said, “We didn’t break any rules, we were working in the office and we stopped for a takeaway.”

He added, “We did nothing wrong.”

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