Nearly HALF of Britons think Starmer should QUIT if fined by police
9th May 2022

Nearly HALF of Britons believe Sir Keir Starmer should QUIT as Labour leader if fined by police over his Beergate event

  • A YouGov poll finds 46% of voters think Starmer should quit if fined by police
  • Less than a third (32%) of Britons think the Labour leader should remain in post
  • Starmer is being probed by Durham Constabulary over his boozy curry last year 

Nearly half of Britons believe Sir Keir Starmer should resign if fined by police over his Beergate row, a new poll has found.

According to a YouGov survey, 46 per cent of voters believe the Labour leader should quit if Durham Constabulary found he broke Covid rules over his boozy curry with colleagues in April last year.

Less than one-third (32 per cent) said Sir Keir should remain in his role if he is handed a Fixed Penalty Notice, while around one-fifth (22 per cent) said they did not know.

The poll even found that a higher proportion (48 per cent) of those who backed Labour at the last general election thought Sir Keir should quit if fined by police.

This compared with 40 per cent among those who backed the Conservatives in 2019.

Sir Keir has repeatedly insisted an event on 30 April last year was in line with Coronavirus restrictions at the time.

According to a YouGov survey, 46 per cent of voters believe the Labour leader should quit if Durham Constabulary found he broke Covid rules

The poll found that more than half of Britons (54 per cent) thought Sir Keir probably or definitely broke Covid rules

Sir Keir has repeatedly insisted an event on 30 April last year was in line with Coronavirus restrictions at the time

The Labour leader was filmed swigging a beer in a room with others at Durham Miners Hall at 10.04pm that Friday night, which came in the week before council elections and the Hartlepool by-election.

It has since emerged that a curry order – which could have allegedly fed as many as 30 people – was pre-arranged with no work planned for afterwards.

This contradicts Sir Keir’s previous claim that it was a spontaneous meal while conducting Labour business, with aides resuming their duties after the curry ‘break’.

At the time of the event, England was in the ‘Step 2’ rules that banned people from gathering indoors with people not from your own household.

However, there was an exemption for ‘work purposes’.

The YouGov survey found that more than half of Britons (54 per cent) thought Sir Keir probably or definitely broke Covid rules, compared to 21 per cent who thought he probably or definitely did not breach restrictions.

A quarter (25 per cent) said they didn’t know. 

Sir Keir has repeatedly called for Boris Johnson to resign over the Partygate scandal.

Both the Prime Minister and Chancellor Rishi Sunak were fined last month over a 56th birthday bash for Mr Johnson in June 2020.

YouGov found 57 per cent of voters thought the PM should resign over his police fine, with 29 per cent thinking he should remain in his role and 14 per cent saying they didn’t know.

Downing Street is braced for Mr Johnson to receive further police fines as the Metropolitan Police continue their Operation Hillman investigation into the Partygate allegations of Covid rule-breaking in Number 10.

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