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Sir Keir Starmer pulls out of keynote speech as pressure mounts over allegations he broke COVID rules

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has get out of an opening remarks as he is scheduled to give today  as a result of growing pressure on him over so-called "beergate" allegations.

After being an extremely  fluent nitpicker of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the "partygate" Downing Street meetings during COVID restrictions, Sir Keir is now facing accusations that he too had a brew in a room with work mates.

Sir Keir has said he was jobholdong and discontinued to eat when he was videotaped having a drink in Durham in April last year which is a period  when protocols prohibited family's  blending out-of-doors, excepting from jobholding.

Durham Police are now examining the incident after a trickled memorandum acquired by the Mail of Sunday disclosed it was in fact forethought, in difference to Labour's previous allegations it was concluded on the night as "nowhere served food".

And now, the Institute for Government think tank has established that Sir Keir has get out of its occasion  to communicate the "challenges the country faces".

Labour did not put forward  a clarification as to why its party's leader was not anymore  attending the meeting which was scheduled to go before  Tuesday's Queen's Speech.

But Monday's Daily Mail alleges Sir Keir is "running scared".

Education minister Michelle Donelan informed Sky News' Kay Burley on Monday that, if Sir Keir is levied, it was a decision for him over whether he should resign.

But she added: "What my constituents are saying is that this whole thing smacks of sheer hypocrisy given the relentless focus he has placed… He has got to search his soul after making this a top priority for the last few months at the expense of key issues like the rising cost of living etc…"

Starmer's behaviour 'not comparable with PM'

Shadow health secretary Wes Streeting indicted  the Tories of "slinging mud" at Sir Keir, stating they had been attempting for weeks.

He stated: "We've had weeks and weeks of the Tories slinging mud at Keir Starmer, hoping that people will just conclude that we're all the same, there's no point in changing prime ministers because the next one will be as bad as the current one.

"That's just not true. I'm not going to get into the game that the Tories are playing with their friends in the media of trying to smear a decent man and pretend that Keir Starmer's behaviour is in any way comparable with Boris Johnson.

"How Conservatives have the barefaced cheek to come out gloating and demanding resignations, and throwing around accusations of hypocrisy at a decent man like Keir Starmer, I don't know.

"They should get their own house in order, if not for decency and honesty in public life, but for those hundreds of Conservative councillors who lost their seats because their prime minister's a liar."

Labour's Lisa Nandy also informed on Sunday: "It is frankly absurd of the Tories to claim that this in any way equates to a prime minister who was under investigation by the police for 12 separate gatherings which included karaoke parties, bring your own bottle parties, pub quizzes, suitcases full of wine being smuggled through the back door.

"The prime minister lied about that, he denied that they happened, denied that he was there. He came clean and he laughed about it.

"I'm absolutely confident that no rules were broken, not least because this was investigated last time the Conservatives tried to sling mud at us and Keir Starmer was found to be completely in the clear.

"This is a guy who self-isolated six times during the pandemic."

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