British Labor leader denies violation of COVID-19 rules for office beer

British Labor leader Sir Kiel Starmer apologizes for not violating COVID-19 rules after an image of drinking beer in the office appeared in April 2021. I refused.

Starmer is drinking at the office of Labor Party lawmaker Mary Foy in Durham on April 30, 2021, when CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus regulations banned indoor socializing in the United Kingdom. Was taken.

However, he denied breaking the rules, saying he was working on a campaign for the May local elections and the Hartripool parliamentary by-elections.

Starmer told LBC Radio on January 17th: I think it was three or four days before the May election, so I’m very busy. I was traveling around the country with my team. We were in the office, working in the office, stopped by for takeaway, and then continued to work. It’s long and short. “

He said, “If you didn’t get a takeaway, our team would eat that night,” because the restaurant and pub weren’t open and the hotel where he and his colleagues were staying didn’t serve food. I didn’t. “

Last week, Labor leaders demanded that Boris Johnson resign after admitting that Boris Johnson had attended a rally in the garden of Downing Street in May 2020.

But Starmer denied that his actions were comparable to Johnson’s. “There were no rule violations, no parties, and no comparisons with the Prime Minister,” he said.

“The restrictions allowed people to work when they needed it. We were campaigning. We were in the constituency office,” he added.

Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi spoke with the BBC Breakfast, asking Starmer to apologize for the beer-drinking case, and said it was “correct” for people to expect “very high standards for leaders.”

However, Starmer claimed that he “did nothing wrong.”

“We didn’t violate the rules. We were working in the office and stopped by for takeaway,” he told LBC.

During a radio interview, Starmer updated his call for the Prime Minister to go.

“I think it’s in the national interest for Boris Johnson to go now,” he said. “We are still in a pandemic and it is very important that people act the way we need them, but he has lost the authority to ask people to do so.”

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan