Ian Murray: Keir Starmer ‘did the right thing’ after lockdown allegation

Shadow Scotland secretary Iain Murray said Sir Keir Starmer “did the right thing” after announcing he would resign if handed a firm penalty for breaking lockdown rules last May.

Speaking to BBC’s The Nine on Monday night, Mr Murray, who represents Edinburgh South as the only Labor MP in Scotland, said allegations against Sir Keir had been made by “certain people in the media” and that Conservatives had been celebrating it all weekend .

The interview came as Sir Keir was accused of breaking lockdown rules with colleagues by drinking beers and eating a take-away curry after a campaign rally ahead of local elections last May.

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer (Yui Mok/PA)

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Today Sir Keir said he would resign if Durham Police found he was guilty of breaking the Covid rules in force at the time and was handed a stiff sentence.

Mr Murray said: “I think what Keir Starmer has done today is to show the integrity, credibility and honesty that we all know of him.

“There have been allegations against him built up by certain people in the media and the Conservative Party has been celebrating this all weekend.

“He said ‘okay well if you question my integrity I will condone and resign if I get a fine for something that didn’t happen and the comparison to the current Prime Minister is there for all to see .”

Mr Murray was then asked if it was a “gamble” for Sir Keir to take the position.

He added: “I don’t think it’s a gamble.

“He has always said that he is first and foremost a man of integrity. He wants our politics to rise above the cesspool created by the current Prime Minister and he said very clearly today to the whole country that if he gets a hefty fine for something he believes he has done nothing about Wrong, he was 350 miles from home five days before an election, if that ain’t work, even I don’t know what it is, he’s going to resign.

“Compare that to the Prime Minister who lied, veiled, was proven to have lied, then got mugged by pies, was fined and didn’t resign, I think the contrast is pretty clear. As a man of integrity trying to improve our policies, he has all the credit for doing so.”

Mr Murray said the situation was not comparable to allegations that the Prime Minister had broken lockdown rules on a number of occasions.

Mr Murray added: “He’s not a hypocrite for it. This is not comparable and the ‘whataboutery’ with it just undermines our entire policy.

“What the Prime Minister is trying to do with his colleagues and his cronies is drag everyone down the drain with him and Keir Starmer hasn’t.

“He did the right thing today, if he was given a firm sentence, if he is proven to have broken Covid rules he will do the right thing and resign and the Prime Minister should have done the same thing weeks ago. ”

Durham Constabulary said after Friday’s election results it would reopen an investigation into the incident. Ian Murray: Keir Starmer ‘did the right thing’ after lockdown allegation

Bobby Allyn

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