‘LOTO events and visits’ document appears to blow apart Starmer’s excuses for his Durham lockdown bash
Keir Starmer’s story about his lockdown drinks in Durham is in tatters this evening after the Mail on Sunday obtained a copy of a LOTO (leader of the opposition) document – marked ‘confidential’ – advertising his itinerary for his visit to Durham (perversely as part of Labour’s campaign for the Hartlepool by-election).
The document advertises the event as a dinner – with planned curry take-out – and even notifies participants specifically that lockdown was in force on the day of the event:
Starmer and Labour have so far insisted that the event was a work evening where a break was taken with a spontaneous decision to send out for a meal and drinks, but the document appears to put beyond any reasonable doubt that dinner was planned – and planned in the full knowledge that the UK was in lockdown. The laws (not ‘rules’ as Starmer now calls them) forbade such gatherings indoors that mixed different households.
The document also makes clear that Rayner’s (‘AR’) attendance was well known to the party and equally planned – and the footage in circulation of the event makes clear that the instruction to maintain social distancing and wear masks was disregarded.
Starmer should already have resigned the moment Durham police re-opened their investigation, having told Boris Johnson to resign for merely being investigated by police for Johnson’s breaches. Now his position is surely untenable – and police must treat him no differently that the Tories who showed the same contempt for the hardship, anguish and heartbreak the rest of us were suffering.
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