Diane Abbott has become the first Labour MP to publicly say Sir Keir Starmer should “consider his position” if he is fined by police over “beergate”.

The former shadow home secretary under Jeremy Corbyn told LBC: “If he actually gets a fixed penalty notice he really has to consider his position.

“I mean, I don’t think he will, I think this is a lot of sort of hype built up by the Tory press.
“But if he were to get a fixed penalty notice he would have to consider his position.”

On Thursday, Durham Constabulary said the force would be investigating allegations Sir Keir broke lockdown rules in April 2021 after he was pictured drinking a beer and having a takeaway with colleagues.

At the time, people in England were banned from mixing indoors apart from for work.
Allies of Starmer have refused to publicly contemplate what would happen if the Labour leader was fined.
Conservatives have been lining up to call out his “hypocrisy”, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi stated.

Starmer spent months calling for Boris Johnson to resign over partygate, for which the prime minister was fined last month.
The Labour leader has argued that no rules were broken and they had stopped to eat the meal and then resumed their work during the Hartlepool by-election.

He stated: “We were working in the office, we stopped for something to eat, no party, no breach of the rules.
“The police obviously have their job to do and we should let them get on with it but I’m confident no rules were broken.”

Some top Labour MPs have admitted he might have to resign if he receives a fine, but have done so anonymously.

A shadow minister stated: “It really doesn’t feel like the same to me, but I guess we will need to see what happens if he’s fined. I guess it’s tough when we’ve called on the PM to resign.”

A former shadow cabinet minister said: “If he’s fined then yes [he should resign], but I doubt he will be.”

One good thing for Labour MP’s is that unlike the Tory government at least they have some integrity.

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