Keir Starmer found to have breached MPs code of conduct

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The Labor leader failed to register eight interests in time, including gifts from football teams and the sale of a property



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Union leader Keir Starmer was found to have broken the MPs’ code of conduct in eight separate incidents (Credit: Getty Images).

The opposition leader failed to register eight interests in time after Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone opened an investigation.

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It was launched following allegations of late declarations of gifts and receipts, with Mr Starmer saying at the time he was “absolutely confident” he had not breached the code of conduct.

What did the military commissioner find out?

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MPs must register currently accepted income and hospitality within 28 days of receipt.

The original complaint against Mr. Starmer alleged that he failed to register additional income and gifts received three times between March 6 and May 13, 2022.

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This included an advance of £18,450 from publisher HarperCollins for a book he is writing and tickets to a box seat for two at Crystal Palace, the latter of which was declared a day late.

Other incidents include the Labor leader receiving four Watford v Arsenal tickets on March 6, which were eventually registered on May 6.

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After opening the inquiry, the Labor leader told Ms Stone that he was in the process of selling a property that exceeded the £100,000 threshold.

In her report, Ms Stone said: “Sir Keir said he communicated with the Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests on the matter and after having the land appraised in January 2022 and having the land listed on the market in March 2022, he waited upon completion of the sale in order to be able to register the correct value.

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“I have decided to include this matter in my investigation.”

The investigation covered the last 12 months, not just the three months included in the original complaint, and found four other late entries.

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Although Sir Keir Starmer was found to have breached the code of conduct, Ms Stone’s conclusions were that “the breaches were minor and/or unintentional and that there was no intentional attempt to mislead”.

What did Keir Starmer say?

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In a letter to Ms Stone dated June 21, Sir Keir said: “I accept full responsibility for my register and I apologize.”

“My office and I have conducted a review of the process to ensure this does not happen again.”

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What did Labor say?

Mr Starmer has now been found to have failed to declare interests such as gifts from football teams and the sale of a property.

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A Labor Party spokesman said: “Keir Starmer takes his responsibilities to the register very seriously and has apologized to the Commissioner for this inadvertent error.

“He has assured the Commissioner that his office processes have been reviewed to ensure this does not happen again.”

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