Sir Keir Starmer has pledged to quit as leader of the UK’s Labour get together if he’s fined for breaking coronavirus restrictions by police who’re investigating a night meal in April final 12 months.
The opposition leader is beneath investigation by Durham police over allegations that restrictions had been damaged throughout a campaigning occasion which he attended. Starmer was photographed with a bottle of beer.
“If I’m given a hard and fast penalty discover I’ll do the fitting factor and step down,” Starmer mentioned on Monday. “That is about integrity.”
Starmer drew a distinction with prime minister Boris Johnson, who has rejected calls to resign after being fined by police for breaching Covid lockdown rules at an occasion in Downing Road.
“I’m very completely different to the prime minister on this regard,” Starmer mentioned. “He and others in his get together needs us to imagine that we’re all the identical . . . I’m right here to present you that’s not the case.”
Those that have spoken to Starmer in regards to the police probe say he’s assured he won’t be fined.
“All the recommendation he’s getting is that he didn’t break rules and that the police will verify that,” one ally mentioned.