Police in Durham, England, announced this Friday the reopening of the investigation against the leader of the Labor Party, Keir Starmer, for a possible violation of confinement rules during the pandemic in which he has been dubbed ‘beergate’.
Police had previously closed the case around a dinner held at a Labor office in Durham in April 2021 during the Hartlepool election campaign. A change in the version of events reported by the party has triggered the reopening.
“Police carried out an assessment this year to determine whether COVID-19 regulations had been breached at an encounter in the City of Durham on April 30, 2021,” authorities said in a statement. “At that time no violation was proven and no further action was taken.”
“Following the arrival of new relevant information in recent days, the police have reviewed that position and we can confirm that an investigation into possible violations of COVID-19 regulations is underway,” the statement said.
The party’s defense has been that the dinner was necessary for campaign staff, who continued to work while eating. However, the reports question the amount of food and alcohol, according to The Guardian.
Last month, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife, Carrie Johnson, and his Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, were fined for having participated in parties in Downing Street when the pandemic restrictions were in force, a spokeswoman confirmed. of the head of government.
The London Metropolitan Police (Met) reported then that it has issued more than 50 sanctions to government employees for breaking the COVID-19 regulations.
The prime minister had previously admitted that he himself attended some of the events at the Downing Street government complex, where his official residence and office are located, although he has denied that pandemic rules were breached.
In addition to the police investigation, the official Sue Gray made another internal one, whose conclusions she has not yet published in full, although she did condemn the reprehensible internal culture of the Government.
Then Starmer said that Johnson and Sunak should resign. “They have broken the law and repeatedly lied to the British people. They both need to resign,” he said. “Conservatives are totally incapable of governing. Britain deserves better.”