Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner not fined for ‘Beergate’ incident

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It has been claimed the Labor leader and deputy leader broke lockdown rules after footage showed colleagues drinking beers at campaign offices during the Covid lockdown



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Labor’s Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner have not been fined for Covid violations, Durham Police have confirmed (Source: Getty Images).

The couple had been investigated after footage showed Sir Keir having a beer with others at the Durham campaign offices in April 2021. Mrs. Rayner was also present.

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At the time, strict Covid rules limited the number of people who could gather indoors, although both the leader and deputy leader had said no rules were being broken as it was during a work event.

A statement from Durham Police said: “Following the emergence of significant new information, Durham Constabulary opened an inquiry into a gathering at Miners’ Hall in Redhills, Durham on 30 April 2021. This investigation is now complete.

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“A considerable amount of documents and witness evidence was obtained identifying the 17 participants and their activities during this gathering. After applying the conclusive full-code test, it was determined that there was no reason for a violation of the rules due to the application of an exception, namely reasonably necessary work.

“Accordingly, Durham Constabulary will not issue any firm penalties in relation to the gathering and no further action will be taken.”

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Sir Keir and Ms Rayner had previously said they would both resign their roles at the head of the Labor Party if police issued a firm criminal complaint.

This article will continue to be updated with more information.

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