Durham’s Labour crime chief insists she did not attend Keir Starmer’s Beergate event, as she backs the force to carry out its probe into the boozy curry evening
Joy Allen, the County Durham and Darlington Police and Crime Commissioner, was responding to a letter from local Tory MP Richard Holden demanding to know if she or her deputy was present and calling for an independent force to take over the sensitive inquiry if that was the case.
Durham Constabulary are investigating claims that the Labour leader and party colleagues were socialising rather than working when he enjoyed a beer and takeaway curry at a time when indoor socialising was banned under Covid rules.
il leader è stato interrogato sulla sua posizione dopo che sei ex segretari interni hanno chiesto un'indagine indipendente sull'operazione Midland al fine di "mantenere la fiducia del pubblico nella polizia" (sinistra) pictured on the campaign trail alongside crime chief Joy Allen (giusto)
Sir Keir (nella foto maggio 9) has promised to quit as party leader if he is found to have broken rules
Mrs Allen said: ‘Neither myself, my deputy or any member of my office attended Durham Miners Hall on April 30, 2021.
‘As an operational policing matter, I continue to have no involvement in the inquiry.
‘I am confident Durham Constabulary will resolve this issue appropriately and with integrity.’
Sir Keir insists no laws were broken during the event but has pledged to resign if he is fined for breaking the rules.