Tory MPs taunt Keir Starmer over police investigation into ‘karma from a korma’


Conservatives mocked Sir Keir Starmer for the so-called Beergate saga, as a Tory MP joked that the Labor leader was suffering from “karma” over his Partygate attacks.

Backbencher Graham Stuart stuck the boot about the Durham Police Inquiry into the curry takeaway eaten at the event last April – and told Starmer “the only thing that opens up to him in the North is a police investigation”.

Mr Stuart also joked that “never in the history of human conflict has so much karma come from a korma” – prompting further laughter from the Tory benches.

The Tory MP added: “Free beer and cash were the electoral controversies then, unlike beer and curry, for example, today.”

Starmer grinned at the remarks, but Labor deputy leader Angela Rayner didn’t smile and shadow-aligning secretary Lisa Nandy shook her head.

A terse exchange ensued between Boris Johnson and Starmer as they headed to the Lords Chamber together for the Queen’s speech on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister appeared to mock the Labor leader by saying: “Have a nice weekend?” – an apparent reference to renewed pressure on Starmer over the takeaway meal eaten with Labor workers during the Durham election campaign.

Mr Johnson and his counterpart were filmed smiling and engaging in what appeared to be small talk as they walked side-by-side in a procession of MPs on Tuesday.

It comes after Sir Keir said on Monday he would do the “right thing” and quit if he was given a firm sentence in connection with a meeting at the employment offices.

On the weekend, the post on Sunday released a leaked memo showing that the dinner was planned as part of Sir Keir’s travel itinerary for a campaign day and no further work was planned after that.

Starmer’s move was seen as a bold gamble as the opposition leader put his future in the hands of Durham Police after it was announced last week that officers would reopen an investigation into the incident in which he drank beer and ate curry.

Labor has sought to contrast Sir Keir’s actions with those of the Prime Minister – who has refused to quit after being fined by the Met Police for a gathering at No 10 in June 2020 to mark his 56th birthday was.

In reply to the Queen’s speech, Starmer congratulated Mr Johnson on becoming the “first Downing Street resident” to sit on a Labor council after the Tories lost Westminster in local elections.

In her own Post-Queen’s Speech comments, Conservative Fay Jones hailed the online safety bill “which will protect the unsuspecting farmer from nefarious internet videos” – a joke about outgoing Tory MP Neil Parish being caught looking at porn. Tory MPs taunt Keir Starmer over police investigation into ‘karma from a korma’

Bobby Allyn

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