Britain’s Labor Party leader Keir Starmer vowed last year to resign from his position after being found guilty of violating COVID-19 lockdown rules with employees.
Durham Police resumed their investigation after footage emerged of Starmer and staff having beer and takeout in April 2021 – at a time when millions of Britons were banned from mixing indoors.
Now, Starmer has promised to step down as Labor leader if he is issued a fine from officials.
“If the police decide to issue me a certain fines notice, I will certainly do the right thing and step down,” Starmer told The Post in a statement.
“I believe in respect, integrity and the principle that rule makers must abide by them.”
“It matters. It matters because the British public deserves politicians who think the rules apply to them,” his statement said.
“They deserve politicians who hold themselves to the highest standards. And they deserve politicians who put the country before themselves. They will always, always get it from me,” he said.
Starmer’s deputy, Angela Renner, who admitted to attending the gathering, said she would resign if she was found to be breaking the rules.
“No rules were broken. Eating during the day’s work was not against the rules,” she said in a statement to the Post.
“We have a prime minister who was found breaking the rules, lied about it and then fined. If I was issued a fine, I would do a good deed and quit. ,
The so-called “Birget” scandal is particularly controversial as Starmer repeatedly asked Johnson to resign over his breach of COVID-19 rules.
Starmer, who has long been an outspoken critic of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s rule-breaking “Partygate” scandal, said he was “absolutely clear that no laws were broken” in his case.
The “PartyGate” scandal refers to 12 illegal social gatherings that Johnson’s Conservative Party was embroiled in throughout lockdown, when the same government imposed social distancing measures.
The Conservative Party and Johnson did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.