Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer faces parliamentary standards probe

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer faces parliamentary INVESTIGATION over claims he broke rules on outside earnings

  • Sir Keir being probed over two potential breaches of MPs’ rules of conduct 
  • Investigation launched by Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone
  • She led probe into Boris Johnson last year 
  • Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is being investigated by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards over potential breaches of rules on earnings and gifts.

    The parliamentary website shows the former top lawyer is being probed over potential breaches of two sections of the MPs’ rules of conduct on registering interests.

    It is understood it relates to late declarations made by the opposition leader. MPs have 28 days in which to declare payments or hospitality received on top of their salaries.

    The first matter under investigation is stated as: ‘Registration of interests under Category 1 of the Guide to the Rules (Employment and earnings).’

    And the second: ‘Registration of interests under Category 3 of the Guide to the Rules (Gifts, benefits and hospitality from UK sources).’

    The parliamentary website shows the former top lawyer is being probed over potential breached of two sections of the MPs' rules of conduct on registering interests.

    The parliamentary website shows the former top lawyer is being probed over potential breached of two sections of the MPs’ rules of conduct on registering interests.

    The investigation has been launched by Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone

    The investigation has been launched by Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone

    During a visit to Wakefield, the Labour leader told broadcasters the allegations were not a surprise, adding: 'My office is dealing with it and will be replying in due course.'

    During a visit to Wakefield, the Labour leader told broadcasters the allegations were not a surprise, adding: ‘My office is dealing with it and will be replying in due course.’

    Sir Keir Starmer has insisted he is confident he has not broken the MPs’ code of conduct, saying ‘there’s no problem here’.

    During a visit to Wakefield, the Labour leader told broadcasters the allegations were not a surprise, adding: ‘My office is dealing with it and will be replying in due course.’

    Asked if he was sure he had done nothing wrong, he said: ‘Absolutely confident, there’s no problem here.’

    The rules on employment and earnings say that MPs must register payments of more than £100 which they receive for work outside the Commons.

    Under the section on gifts and hospitality, they must register benefits worth more than £300, or multiple benefits from the same source if they exceed that value in a calendar year.