The latest news from Keir Starmer: Labor leader should investigate Beergate media leaks, says McDonnell

Starmer vows to resign if fined for possible Covid breach

Labor MP John McDonnell said Sir Keir Starmer “needs to investigate whether people” are leaking Beergate revelations to the media.

It follows a leaked Labor Party memo, which appeared in the Mail on Sunday, showing that the curry dinner was on the schedule during Sir Keir’s visit to a local party office when he was campaigning for the Hartlepool by-election.

The former shadow chancellor said the Labor leader should investigate the information leak, not because Labor wants to “cover something up” but because they want to work together and “get clean”.

It comes as the Labor leader vowed to resign if police conclude he broke Covid rules during the Labor event in Durham.

Sir Keir said he was “absolutely clear” he hadn’t broken any rules, but said it was a “matter of principle and a matter of honour” after calling for the Prime Minister and Chancellor to resign after they were charged with breaching Covid were fined.

Meanwhile, Nicola Sturgeon has said Tory attacks on the Labor leader were part of a “massive operation” to divert attention from Boris Johnson’s “serial breach” of lockdown rules.


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The union leader deserves “admiration and respect” for following his principles, says former Tory MP

Former Tory MP Rory Stewart has said Sir Keir Starmer deserves “admiration and respect” after his statement on Beergate today.

Mr Stewart said if the Labor leader were forced to step down it would be a “real loss to British politics” and that whatever the outcome “he will emerge with dignity either way”.

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Labor MP says Keir Starmer must investigate ‘if people lick’

Former Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said Sir Keir Starmer must investigate whether people are leaking Beergate revelations to the media.

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20% of people know about the fictional “Hikegate” scandal

A new poll has tested the significance of recent political scandals in the minds of voters, with one in five adults claiming to have heard a lot about “Hikegate” – a fictional scandal involving Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey .

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed’s “entirely fictional” lockdown breach saw him travel 75 miles to go for a walk in the Cotswolds during the first national lockdown.

The Savanta ComRes survey of 2,161 UK adults, conducted 6-8 May 2022, also found that half (49%) of respondents said the Labor leader was against the Covid-19 rules on Beergate violated, but only 17% compared to Partygate. said the one with Sir Keir was worse.

On the other hand, a majority (65%) of adults said Partygate was the worse offense, including half (53%) of 2019 Conservative voters.

In examining voters’ knowledge of these events, the poll found that two in five (41%) said they had heard a lot about Beergate, compared with three-quarters (74%) who had heard a lot about Partygate.

Twenty percent said they had heard a lot about the fictional Sir Ed Hikegate scandal.

Additionally, 63% said Boris Johnson should resign because of his involvement in Partygate, compared to just 37% who said Sir Keir should resign at the time.

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EU urges UK to tone down rhetoric over NI protocol after Sinn Fein result

The European Union has urged Boris Johnson to be honest about his Brexit deal, as a minister said part of it could be unilaterally scrapped to reassure voters in Northern Ireland.

European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said the UK government should “cut back on the rhetoric” and work to “find solutions within the framework (of the agreement),” he writes Kate Devlin.

The row erupted when DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson warned that the “long shadow” of the Northern Ireland Protocol had to be removed before his party rejoined the power-sharing government at Stormont.

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Queen misses State Opening of Parliament due to mobility issues

The Queen had to withdraw from the State Opening of Parliament on Tuesday.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Queen continues to suffer from episodic mobility issues and, in consultation with her doctors, has reluctantly decided that she will not attend the State Opening of Parliament tomorrow.

“At the request of Her Majesty and with the consent of the relevant authorities, the Prince of Wales will read the Queen’s speech on behalf of Her Majesty, with the Duke of Cambridge also present.”

The episodic mobility issues are said to be a continuation of the problems the Queen has been suffering since the fall.

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The London Council has yet to complete the election results

A London councilor has still not completed its local election count four days after polling stations closed.

Havering Borough Council in north east London is due to start a recount of three seats in the Rainham and Wennington boroughs on Monday night.

A council spokesman said: “Due to the small difference in the votes for Rainham and Wennington Ward, two recounts have been requested by the parties involved.

“A further recount was requested and it was decided together with the candidates to do this on Monday at 6 p.m. in the town hall, as the counts had been taking place throughout the night.”

A spokesman for the council added that the only costs the recount would incur would be staff costs, which are not easy to estimate as “it will depend on how long the count takes”.

Regardless of which party takes the three seats in Rainham and Wennington Parish, there will be no one party in overall control of the council once a result is announced.

The council has a total of 55 seats, with the Conservatives holding 20 seats in the district so far. Labor has now won nine, residents and taxpayers 23.

Election results for the majority of English councilors were finalized in the early hours of Friday and many others were announced throughout the day.

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