‘Tables turned dramatically’ Starmer humiliated as partygate strategy backfires on Labour

Keir Starmer has had 'tables turned' on him amid beergate says expert

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Labour leader Keir Starmer is embroiled in the lockdown-busting drinking scandal beer gate dating back to April 2021 when the opposition leader was caught in pictures drinking a beer during a by-election campaign. It follows months of investigation into Boris Johnson’s own drinking scandal ‘party gate’ where the Prime Minister is accused of participating in at least six lockdown-breaking drinking events in Downing Street spanning from May 2020 to April 2021. Keir Starmer has justified his own drinking gathering as a work event where “no rules were broken”, adding that “Conservative MPs have decided to chuck mug.” 

To the Sun on Sunday’s political editor David Wooding, Sir Starmer has “dramatically turned tables” on himself.

Comparing both party gate and beer gate, Mr Wooding told TalkTV: “What it seems to me is that it’s not that dissimilar to the charges levelled at Boris Johnson.

“And I know that Keir Starmer yesterday did about three interview rounds. 

“He was asked about ten times, 12 times in total whether the police have been back in touch again, and he dodged the question each time.”

“And he’s out for words strangely. Well, you know, there are more important things that people want to talk about.

“We want to talk about the cost-of-living crisis. Much more important things than this.

“And hang on a minute, I thought. For the last five months, you’ve been talking about Boris Johnson and his parties.

“So, the tables have been turned on him quite dramatically.”

The picture and video that emerged of Sir Keir and his colleagues having a drink while campaigning in the City of Durham was nothing else than a break, according to the Labour leader.

He said: “We were busy, we paused for food”, adding: “There was no party, no rules were broken, that is the long and the short of it.”

In a move spearheaded by the Tory MP for North West Durham Richard Holden, Conservative MPs have asked the police to look again at the incident and reconsider their decision not to investigate.

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Mr Wooding continued: “And well, some people might look at it from their political prism, of whom they support.

“So, if you’re a Labour voter, you might say: ah this is not like Starmer at all but inside, they will know that it’s not much different at all.” 

While Boris Johnson was issued a fixed penalty for taking part in a party held at Downing Street in the very first lockdown, Keir Starmer is now accused by the opposition of the same wrongdoing in another lockdown.

Keir Starmer accused the Conservatives of pre-election “mudslinging.”

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