British Labor leader to resign if police find he broke rules

Since then, Labor has been on the defensive, despite its strong showing in local elections, as it tries to dismiss the furor as slander. But Starmer has asked Johnson to resign for the holidays to break the Downing Street lockdown.

Already fined: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.

Already fined: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.Credit:Getty

As well as demanding Johnson’s resignation, Starmer has also said that Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, should resign after he was fined by police for his brief attendance at the Prime Minister’s birthday celebration in Downing Street.

Pro-Conservative newspapers have accused Starmer of hypocrisy, and he seems to have calculated that if he was fined by the police, his job would be untenable anyway.

It is not yet clear whether Starmer’s actions in Durham violated the law.

Adam Wagner, a lawyer and an expert on the coronavirus rules, wrote on Twitter that he found it “absurd” that the police could criminally sanction the opposition leader for meeting, for an hour, with a local legislator “and having a late dinner.” at night, days before an election in that area.”

Labor argues that the event took place at a time when many restaurants were closed but work meetings and political campaigns were allowed, and that Starmer and his aides had no choice but to order takeaways. However, the party’s story changed in one respect when he admitted that his deputy leader, Angela Rayner, was also at the meeting, contradicting earlier denials.

Rayner also said Monday that she would resign if fined.

A police investigation into several allegations of law-breaking in Downing Street is still ongoing. And once it’s complete, the government promises to release an internal report, a preliminary version of which was critical enough to prompt the police investigation.

There are signs that some of the prime minister’s allies are concerned that the “beergate” saga has spiraled out of control.

Asked Sunday whether Starmer should resign if fined, a senior cabinet minister, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said he shouldn’t.

“I think he should pay a fine and then talk about the issues of great importance to the nation,” he told Channel 4.

This article originally appeared on The New York Times.

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