Keir Starmer accused Conservative MPs of ‘chucking mud’ with native elections on the horizon as he insisted ‘no guidelines had been damaged’.
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Senior Labour sources have confirmed that Durham Police have NOT been again in contact with Keir Starmer over beer footage after a tricky interview through which he swerved the query 4 instances.
The Labour chief accused the Conservatives of “whipping the issue up” and “mud-slinging” as he mentioned the police had concluded their investigation months in the past.
Mr Starmer didn’t verify or deny if the police had been in contact with him, after Tory MP Richard Holden urged the police to reopen a probe into the Labour chief’s conduct throughout lockdown final 12 months.
In a tense conflict on BBC Radio 4’s As we speak Programme, he mentioned: “The police looked at this months ago and came to a clear conclusion that was ‘no rules were broken’, and that’s because no rules were broken.
“Look, they’ve already concluded their investigation, no rules were broken and this is simply being whipped up as mud-slinging by the Tories.
“There was no party, no rules were broken, that is the long and short of it.”
He added: “We were working, we stopped for food, no party, no rules were broken; I don’t know what I can add to that.”
Requested if he returned to work after the beer, he replied: “Yes, the idea that nobody works at 10 o’clock at night is absurd.”
When requested why he merely would not reply the query he added: “I don’t know what more I can add to that.”
A Labour supply mentioned: “They haven’t been in touch and he didn’t break the rules.”
Mr Starmer has beforehand admitted his workplace made a “mistake” by wrongly claiming his deputy Angela Rayner was not there on the evening he had a beer throughout election campaigning in Durham on 30 April 2021.
Labour’s chief mentioned on Sunday: “We simply made a mistake, it’s a genuine mistake.
“I don’t think anybody would seriously say Keir Starmer ’s team would lie to the media about this. We made a mistake.” He went on: “From time to time a mistake is made, it was a genuine mistake and I take responsibility for that.”
It got here because the Mail on Sunday accused Ms Rayner of being the one that initially advised a joke about crossing and uncrossing her legs to distract Boris Johnson at PMQs, like Sharon Stone within the movie Fundamental Intuition.
Ms Rayner had dismissed the unique story as “desperate, perverted smears”.
Labour haven’t denied the Mail’s declare that she made a light-hearted reference to her “ginger g***ler” to MPs on the Commons terrace.