Did a senior Labour member attempt to get Keir Starmer off the hook? Tory MP demands answers from Durham Police probe.

A Tory MP has asked that Durham Police reveal if a senior Labour member was contacted in the initial beergate probe to exonerate Sir Keir Starmer.

Did a senior Labour member attempt to get Keir Starmer off the hook? Tory MP demands answers from Durham Police probe.

With the Sue Gray report on Downing Street parties seemingly ending worries over the PM’s future, attention has moved to whether the Labour leader will be penalised for his North East event last year. 

Last year, Durham Police cleared him of any wrongdoing, but they have since looked into the case again.

This week, Durham police denied a freedom of information request about whether Joy Allen was contacted during the first probe.

Brendan Clarke-Smith, a Conservative MP from Bassetlaw, stated, “This raises new questions and I am sure the public would like to know whether Durham Police have liaised with Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner over the Beergate investigation and of any involvement she may or may not have had.” 

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Durham Police contacted by Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith

“The public will expect this to be revealed once they have concluded their enquiries, as part of an open and transparent process.”

The force refuses to clarify whether it had Ms Allen’s initial investigative correspondence.

“As this is currently an active / open investigation, the public interest balance has fallen in favour of not confirming or denying that any information is held in relation to your request.”

In response to a request, the police said that a new FOI request could be made once the investigation is over.

Before Durham Police started a fresh inquiry, Mr Starmer, his deputy, Angela Rayner, and Labour campaigners devoured more than £200 of curry and beer.

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Keir Starmer denies breaking lockdown rules as Durhum Police investigate the Labour Leader

Durham Police said the fresh probe followed “significant new evidence” and set up a serious crime room to investigate.

Mr Starmer claimed the event he attended was nothing like the ones in Downing Street, where 126 police penalties were issued.

He remarked, “I have not broken any rules, and any attempt to compare a perfectly legal takeaway while working to this catalogue of criminality looks even more ridiculous today, but if the police decide otherwise, I will do the decent thing and step down.”

“The public need to know that not all politicians are the same—that not all politicians put themselves above their country—and that honesty, integrity and accountability matter.”

Labour disputed Ms Rayner’s attendance but eventually had to come clean saying she was in attendence. Mr Starmer stated there were six individuals there, then he said there was 15, then he changed mind saying 20.

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