Keir Starmer says 'this is a very good week for the Labour Party' after being cleared in Partygate probe

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Aden-Jay Wood

By Aden-Jay Wood

Published: 08/07/2022

- 14:18

Updated: 08/07/2022

- 14:37

Sir Keir will not receive a fine over Beergate following an investigation by Durham Police

Sir Keir Starmer has said 'this is a very good week for the Labour Party' following the end of the Beergate investigation.

Earlier today, Durham Police confirmed that Sir Keir and his deputy Angela Rayner will not be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

A statement released by the force said the pair had "no case to answer for" as the investigation comes to a close.

Speaking at a press conference shortly after the police's statement, Sir Keir said: "This is a very good week for the Labour Party."

Sir Keir Starmer
Sir Keir Starmer

Earlier in his speech, the Labour leader said: "It shouldn't be controversial to say that those who make the law, cant break the law. But we have to set the bar far higher than that.

"Our country is stuck in a dangerous rut, everywhere you look things are broken and nothing gets fixed.

"People say to me when they look at those funning the country, they see a group of people totally detached from reality, whose words mean nothing and who put their own interests first.

"Who could blame them for concluding that politics doesn't matter and doesn't work. This is not just about Boris Johnson, this feeling that politics has failed hasn't just emerged in the last few months, it's been bubbling away for years and people have completely lost faith that this can be changed. That politics can be a force to good."

Angela Rayner
Angela Rayner
James Manning

In a tweet minutes after Durham Police's statement, the Labour leader said: “I’ve always said no rules were broken when I was in Durham.

"The police have completed their investigation and agreed: there is no case to answer.

"For me, this was always a matter of principle. Honesty and integrity matter. You will always get that from me.”

While Ms Rayner tweeted: "We’ve always been clear that no rules were broken in Durham. The police have completed their investigation and agreed, saying that there is no case to answer.

“Integrity matters in politics. The contrast with the behaviour of this disgraced Prime Minister couldn’t be clearer.”

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