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Keir Starmer under fire as memo reveals lockdown curry was ‘pre-planned’

Sir Keir Starmer faces calls for his resignation, including from his own party (Image: Getty)

Sir Keir Starmer faces calls for his resignation, including from his own party (Image: Getty)

Sir Keir Starmer is facing further backlash over his so-called ‘Beergate’ party with a £200 takeaway after a leaked memo revealed it was a planned event, it has been reported.

According to a bombastic memo drafted in the days leading up to the Labor leader’s trip to Durham, the controversial beer and curry dinner was scheduled on his calendar.

The document, obtained by the Mail on Sunday, said there would be a “dinner at Miners Hall” with local MP Mary Foy at 8.40pm.

There was also a note for a member of staff in Sir Keir’s office to arrange the snack from the Spice Lounge.

The only task performed after dinner was for the politician to go back to his hotel with the inscription: “end of visit”.

Claims that Sir Keir flouted Covid-19 rules – as did Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak – cast a shadow over Labor’s gains in Thursday’s local elections as the Tories suffered a crushing defeat and almost 500 seats lost.

Diane Abbott is the first opposition MP to suggest the leader should step down from his role if he is fined for breaching restrictions in place during lockdown.

A video clip of the opposition leader having a beer following the Durham election campaign in April 2021

A video clip of the opposition leader having a beer following the Durham election campaign in April 2021

Sir Keir congratulated the victorious Labor candidates in Thursday's Cumberland Council election (Image: Getty)

Sir Keir congratulated the victorious Labor candidates in Thursday’s Cumberland Council election (Image: Getty)

“I’m a staunch supporter of Keir Starmer,” she told LBC. “I’m just saying common sense that he should reconsider his position if he gets a fixed penalty.”

It comes after senior Tory MPs publicly pressured Durham Constabulary to reopen an inquiry into the event during last April’s post-election campaign.

The force previously reviewed the incident and decided there was no case to answer, but had since reversed their position.

A spokesman for the force said: “After receiving important new information over the past few days, Durham Constabulary has reviewed this position and now, at the conclusion of the primary period, we can confirm that an investigation into possible breaches of Covid-19 regulations in relation to this meeting is currently being conducted.’

Sir Keir, who has repeatedly called for the Prime Minister’s resignation over ‘Partygate’, has insisted he is ‘confident no rules have been broken’.

Describing the food earlier this week, he said that “at various points people would go into the kitchen, get a plate, get something to eat and get on with their work.”

He told reporters on Friday: “Of course I understand that the police have to do their job, we have to let them get on with it, but I am confident that there has been no breach of the rules.”

Sir Keir stressed he would not resign and lead the party to the next general election.

A Labor spokesman said: “Keir worked, a snack was provided in the kitchen and he ate between work demands. No rules were broken.’

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