After a string of revelations in the Daily Mail, three Cabinet ministers went public yesterday to say Sir Keir clearly had questions to answer over the so-called ‘Beergate’ affair.
One suggested ‘no reasonable person’ now believed the Labour leader’s account of the event and asked how Durham Constabulary could.
And although Home Secretary Priti Patel has declined to intervene, her allies voiced frustration today about the lack of action from the force.
Sir Keir was caught on camera swigging beer with colleagues at a time when England was slowly emerging from lockdown last year, when indoor socialising was banned. Labour insisted it was a ‘work event’.
Three Tory cabinet ministers insist Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has questions to answer over the so-called ‘Beergate’ affair (Pictured: Sir Keir meets two runners while canvassing in Worthing earlier today)
But last week, after being presented with video evidence by this newspaper, it was forced to admit deputy leader Mrs Rayner was at the gathering – something it had denied for months.
The Mail’s revelations have also raised a string of other questions over Labour’s account of the event, particularly over whether Sir Keir returned to work after drinking beer at 10pm.
Durham Constabulary has so far declined to launch a full investigation – apparently deciding to clear Sir Keir of any offence on the basis of video footage it reviewed in February.
But pressure is now mounting on the force to begin a full probe.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: ‘Keir Starmer clearly has questions to answer on this affair, which isn’t going away.
Sir Keir was caught on camera swigging beer with colleagues at a time when England was slowly emerging from lockdown last year
‘Given his unrelenting focus on events in Downing Street, it is only right that he observes the same standard in regard to scrutiny that he applies to the benches opposite. Otherwise, he leaves himself open to the charge of hypocrisy.’
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: ‘We are expected to believe that a curry and beers arrived