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Labour’s Starmer Cleared by UK Police in ‘Beergate’ Probe

  • Opposition leader had promised to resign if he was fined
  • Allows Starmer to put focus back on Conservative disarray
Kier Starmer

Kier Starmer

Photographer: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

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Labour Party leader Keir Starmer was cleared by police over allegations he broke coronavirus regulations, lifting a major threat hanging over his leadership and bolstering his challenge to the ruling Conservative Party which is deciding on a new premier. 

Durham Police said Friday they would not issue a so-called fixed penalty notice to Starmer or to Deputy Leader Angela Rayner following an investigation into whether a take-away curry and beer during a campaign visit in northern England last year was in breach of rules meant to stem the spread of Covid-19.