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Labour leader says police clearing him show a ‘huge contrast’ as the Met believe partygate offences ‘were serious’

by LLB Politics Reporter
7th Feb 22 3:41 pm

The Labour leader has said on Monday that Durham police decision to clear him of any wrong doings that he had broken any lockdown rules shows a “huge contrast” with Downing Street amid the partygate claims.

Sir Keir said by the police deciding to dismiss the claims that an offence was committed in April 2021 paints a very different picture from Boris Johnson.

Sir Keir said the fact that the Metropolitan Police are investigating the Prime Minister shows there is “evidence” of offences.

The Labour leader was asked by broadcasters today if he is “relieved” by Durham Police’s announcement, he said, “I was clear throughout that no rules were broken.

“And here’s the contrast – only last Monday we got the overview from Sue Gray, and 12 cases being referred to the Metropolitan Police in relation to the Prime Minister and the goings-on in Downing Street.

“Because the Metropolitan Police consider there was evidence not only of offences, but they were serious enough and flagrant enough to put aside their usual rule that they won’t investigate 12 months after the event.

“So that’s a huge contrast, as there always was in this case.”

A spokesman for the North East of England 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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