Tories accuse Keir Starmer of being a ‘hypocrite’ over party row

Photo of Sir Keir Starmer drinking beer with staff last year when Covid rules were still in place

  • Keir Starmer has been a vocal critic of Boris Johnson over Party Dispute No. 10
  • Senior Conservatives have now claimed the Labor leader is an ‘absolute hypocrite’
  • They pointed to a photo of Sir Keir drinking beer with Labor staff last year










Senior Conservatives have accused Sir Keir Starmer of being an “absolute hypocrite”, unlike the Downing Street party.

Sir Keir has criticized Boris Johnson over revelations about Covid incidents breaking the rules in the 10th and called on the Prime Minister to resign.

But figures from the Conservative Party have criticized Sir Keir, highlighting a photo of the Labor leader from last year that appeared to show him drinking beer while chatting with party staff inside.

Tory figures have criticized Sir Keir, highlighting a photo of the Labor leader from last year that appears to show him drinking beer while chatting with party staff inside.

The photo was taken in May 2021 when Sir Keir was visiting the Labor Party constituency office in Durham ahead of the Hartlepool by-election.

The photo was taken from the window of the building and appeared to show Sir Keir holding a glass of beer as he spoke to two people, with two others in the background.

England was in the second step of Mr Johnson’s lockdown exit roadmap at the time which stipulated that internal mixing between families was not permitted, unless it was for work.

A Conservative source told The Telegraph: ‘Sir Keir has spent the past two months criticizing people for doing the exact same thing he was doing himself. He is an absolute hypocrite.

Mr Johnson raised the image during the Prime Minister’s Questions on 15 December after Sir Keir questioned him about the alleged No. 10 Christmas party in December 2020.

The Prime Minister said: I have answered this question over and over before. As the esteemed and educated gentleman knows, a report is being handed to me by the Cabinet Secretary as to what exactly happened.

Sir Keir slammed Boris Johnson over revelations about rule-breaking Covid events 10th and called for PM to resign

Sir Keir slammed Boris Johnson over revelations about rule-breaking Covid events 10th and called for PM to resign

“The esteemed and learned gentleman might explain why there are pictures of him drinking beer – we haven’t heard him do that.”

A Labor spokesman referred to the Telegraph’s previous statement regarding the photo in which he said no rules had been broken.

The statement issued at the time read: “Kear was in the workplace, met a local parliamentarian in her constituency office and participated in an online Labor event.

“They stopped for dinner because the meeting was during the evening.”

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