Starmer pledges to resign if fined for Covid rule breach

2022-05-13T07:00:00.0000000Z

2022-05-13T07:00:00.0000000Z

Guardian/Observer

https://theguardianweekly.pressreader.com/article/281844352224987

Global Report

Keir Starmer pledged to resign as Labour leader if he is fined for breaching Covid rules by taking part in a gathering in Durham last year in which he and other party activists ate takeaway food and drank beer on a campaign visit. His deputy, Angela Rayner, who also attended the event, said she would also resign if she was found to have broken the rules by Durham police, who last week started a new investigation into the event, which occurred on 30 April 2021. Starmer said he was determined to prove no rules were broken and that he had “different principles to the prime minister”, who has been issued with a fixed-penalty notice for breaching lockdown rules in Downing Street. Labour has called on both Boris Johnson and the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to step down. In a statement at Labour HQ, Starmer said: “The British public deserve politicians who think the rules apply to them.”

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