Since then, Labor has remained on the defensive, despite strong results in local elections, trying to dismiss the furor as slander. But Starmer urged Johnson to leave because of parties that break the blockade on Downing Street.
Aside from demanding Johnson’s resignation, Starmer also said so Treasury Chancellor Rishi Sunak is due to resign after police fined him for his short participation in a ceremony marking the prime minister. Birthday on Downing Street.
Newspapers supporting the Conservatives accused Starmer of hypocrisy, and apparently he calculated that if the police fined him, his situation would still be unbearable.
It is still unclear whether Starmer’s actions in Durham violated the law.
Adam Wagner, a lawyer and expert on coronavirus rules, wrote on Twitter that he considered it “absurd” that the police could criminally punish an opposition leader for meeting with a local MP for an hour “and late dinner.” in the evening – a few days before the election in the area.
Labor argues that the event took place at a time when many restaurants were closed, but business meetings and political campaigns were allowed, and that Starmer and his aides had no choice but to order takeaway food. However, in one sense, the party’s history changed when it admitted that its deputy leader Angela Reiner was also present at the meeting, which contradicts previous denials.
Rainer also said Monday that she would step down if fined.
A police investigation into several allegations of breaking the law on Downing Street is still ongoing. And once that is complete, the government is committed to publishing an internal report, a previous version of which was critical enough to prompt a police investigation.
There are indications that some of the Prime Minister’s associates are concerned that the saga of “Beergate” could get out of control.
Asked on Sunday whether Starmer should resign if fined, one of the senior cabinet ministers, Jacob Reese-Mogg, said he should not.
“I think he needs to pay a fine and then talk about issues that are of great importance to the nation,” he told Channel 4.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.
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