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by Ruaraidh Gilmour
08 July 2022
Sir Keir Starmer cleared over involvement in 'Beergate'

Sir Keir Starmer cleared over involvement in 'Beergate'

Sir Keir Starmer has been cleared after an investigation by Durham Police into alleged breaches of coronavirus legislation.

The Labour leader, along with deputy leader, Angela Rayner was accused in April 2021 of breaking Covid restrictions when a video of him was released drinking beer indoors.  

Starmer said he would resign from his role as leader if he was found guilty, insisting he had not broken the rules and that he was at a work event.

After several weeks of investigation, Durham Police concluded it would not issue any fixed penalty notices concerning the gathering last year.

Their statement said: "Following the emergence of significant new information, an investigation was launched by Durham Constabulary into a gathering at the Miners' Hall, in Redhills, Durham on 30th April 2021. That investigation has now concluded.

“A substantial amount of documentary and witness evidence was obtained which identified the 17 participants and their activities during that gathering.

“Following the application of the evidential Full Code Test, it has been concluded that there is no case to answer for a contravention of the regulations, due to the application of an exception, namely reasonably necessary work.

“Accordingly, Durham Constabulary will not be issuing any fixed penalty notices in respect of the gathering and no further action will be taken.

“The investigation has been thorough, detailed and proportionate.”

A Labour Party spokesperson said: "Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner have always been clear that no rules were broken in Durham.

“The police have completed their investigation and have agreed saying that there is no case to answer."

Starmer will hold a press conference this afternoon.

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