According to party insiders, Durham Police have issued a “very extensive” Beergate questionnaire to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his deputy Angela Rayner in regards to his covid lockdown lock-in with food and alcohol during the Hartlepool by-election.
Detailed inquiries regarding their recent beer-and-curry party are included in documents forwarded to the couple. One part focuses on a football jersey given to Sir Keir during the Durham event.
Detectives have asked Keir Starmer, Ms Rayner, and approximately 15 other Labour officials and volunteers to fill out questionnaires to see what went on during the videoed party at a Labour constituency office in Durham.
Sir Keir firmly denies breaching any rules during campaigning for the Hartlepool by-election on April 30 last year but has promised to resign as party leader if he is fined.
According to Labour sources, the questionnaire asks about the kind of beer served with the lunch and what food was ordered. It also enquires about a presentation of a Consett AFC football shirt that was presented to Sir Keir.
According to a Durham Labour Party tweet, Keir Starmer was interrupted while working to be presented with a new football strip ahead of Consett AFC historic FA Vase final. They continued to suggest that this football shirt presentation didn’t break covid rules as Keir Starmer was working at the time.
Sir Keir said that the Indian takeout was part of the campaigning and that he went back to work after he eating food. Durham Police did not thoroughly investigate at first but subsequently stated that “significant new information” had surfaced.
To establish the party was instead a work meeting, Labour officials are alleged to have created an extensive dossier of evidence, which includes time-stamped records of internet interactions, papers, and video footage.
Non-essential shopping and outdoor venues such as bar gardens were open at the time. However, social segregation rule, such as a indoor mingling between homes, remained in place.