Beergate: Sir Keir Starmer pulls out of keynote speech as pressure mounts over claims he broke COVID rules

Sky News says Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has pulled out of a keynote speech he is due to give today - as pressure mounts on him over so-called 'beergate' claims.

Beergate: Sir Keir Starmer pulls out of keynote speech as pressure mounts over claims he broke COVID rules

Sky News says Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has pulled out of a keynote speech he is due to give today – as pressure mounts on him over so-called ‘beergate’ claims.

After being a hugely vocal critic of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the ‘partygate’ Downing Street gatherings during COVID lockdown, Sir Keir is now facing allegations that he too had a beer in a room with colleagues.

Sir Keir has said he was working and stopped to eat when he was filmed having a drink in Durham in April last year – at a time when rules banned household mixing indoors, apart from working.

Durham Police are now investigating the event after a leaked memo obtained by the Mail of Sunday revealed it was in fact pre-planned, in contrast to Labour’s earlier claims it was decided on the night as “nowhere served food”.

Read More: https://news.sky.com/story/beergate-sir-keir-starmer-pulls-out-of-keynote-speech-as-pressure-mounts-over-claims-he-broke-covid-rules-12609092

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