SO, the police have finally decided to investigate Sir Keir Starmer’s so-called Beergate – my only question is what took them so long?
Durham Constabulary announced on Friday that it would be investigating the gathering in April last year after receiving what they described as “significant new information”.
The police force had originally cleared the Labour leader over the infamous “beer and curry” event at Durham Miners Hall but after increasing pressure decided to reinvestigate the case.
The new probe puts Sir Keir in a particularly sticky situation, having previously called for the Prime Minister to step down as soon as the Met Police began investigating alleged breaches in Downing Street.
Surely Sir Keir would do what he continually parroted as the “reasonable thing” himself and step aside? Er, well, no actually.
According to Shadow Cabinet member Emily Thornberry the situation is entirely different because — in her mind — Boris Johnson had misled Parliament.
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Which is both unproven and a huge technicality.
I’m not particularly bothered by the alleged lockdown-breaking on either side.
Both this event — and the dull Cabinet Office affair that saw the PM receive a fine — seem like fairly tame “parties”.
But Sir Keir has been utterly fixated on whether or not the PM attended parties during lockdown.
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He’s bleated on endlessly about how disgraceful Boris was for going to “boozy” events and it transpires he was seemingly doing exactly the same.
And let’s look at the facts. Sir Keir was filmed swigging beer with Labour officials at a time when indoor socialising was banned.
Not only were officials treated to cold ales, it transpires that The Capital Indian restaurant dropped off a whopping delivery of food for up to 30 people.
Sir Keir had suggested that there were only six or seven attending.
Worse still, Labour appears to have lied about whether or not deputy leader Angela Rayner was at the event.
After originally denying her presence in January, a Labour spokesman was recently forced to admit that the deputy leader WAS there, describing it as an “honest mistake”.
Chatting and laughing
Forgive me if I choke on my naan.
Sir Keir has repeatedly denied that there was any “equivalence” between the alleged work event he attended during a visit to Durham last year and the lockdown breaches that happened in No 10.
But I can’t be the only one to ponder: What’s the difference?
The Labour leader was captured chatting and laughing in the constituency office of the City of Durham MP, Mary Foy, during the by-election campaign for the nearby seat of Hartlepool.
And the student who took the footage said that although he observed eating and drinking, it was not apparent that any work was being done.
The fact that Labour continues to insist that it was a “work event” really sticks in my throat.
And yet in a TV clip on Friday, Sir Keir said he was “confident there was no breach of the rules”.
He said: “I was working, I stopped for something to eat. No party, no breach of the rules.
“The police, obviously, have got their job to do, we should let them get on with it, but I’m confident that no rules were broken.”
Conveniently for Sir Keir, the investigation has been announced after the local elections — because I’m not convinced voters would be so sure.
WRONG ON OUR RIGHTS
A HAMMER blow to hard-fought women’s rights has been inflicted from across the Pond.
Millions of American females could soon lose their constitutional right to abortion, which was guaranteed by the landmark Roe v Wade decision in 1973.
Yet a leaked Supreme Court document suggests judges are seeking a “full-throated” and “unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision”.
Although Chief Justice John Roberts has confirmed the document’s authenticity, he has said it “does not represent a decision by the court or the final position”.
If the court does strike down the ruling, individual states would be allowed to ban abortion, which means the procedure could be illegal in almost half of US states, raising the possibility that millions of women could then lose access to abortion.
Like most women, I am appalled and dismayed by this news.
Forcing someone to have an unwanted pregnancy is barbaric, it’s like something out of The Handmaid’s Tale.
There is quite a cruel irony in the fact that Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was such a big fighter for women’s rights, could have potentially saved Roe v Wade by stepping down earlier.
If she had retired aged 80 under President Obama, he could have appointed another Democrat Supreme Court Judge.
Instead, her death at the age of 87 in 2020 allowed President Trump to appoint Amy Coney Barrett, who is not in favour of abortion.
If men could get pregnant we would not be grappling with this issue right now.
The very idea of inflicting an unwanted pregnancy on a man and forcing them to go through with something they know to be wrong is unimaginable?
So why is the American Supreme Court choosing to do that to women?
PLEASE SAY NO TO HER
IT makes me so sad to see pictures of Botched star Tara Jayne, who has paid over £200,000 for cosmetic procedures in her quest to become a “human Barbie doll”.
She now weighs just 7st and has had so much surgery that she is banned from getting any more in her home country of Australia.
Her past procedures include five breast augmentations, six nose jobs and endless rounds of Botox and filler.
Undeterred by her ban, last month she confirmed she would be heading to Istanbul for more procedures – a face lift and more breast enhancement surgery – despite being warned against it.
“There’s always improvements that can be made,” she said.
“With me, it’s not a case of less is more. It’s the more, the better.”
No surgeon should be allowed to perform surgery on someone so clearly damaged.
Where are her family and friends?
I am genuinely worried about her state of mind.
MET GALA OPULENCE A BAD LOOK AS MILLIONS STRUGGLE
DOESN’T it feel a tad tone deaf that the A-listers attending the 2022 Met Gala were asked to channel the Gilded Age of New York – famed for its decadent balls, ornate gowns, and opulent jewels?
Conjuring up such extravagant displays at a time of austerity seems off to me.
But also, some of the outfits – and in that I include Cara Delevingne, who stripped off a Christian Dior jacket to unveil her bare chest and gold-painted body – were so hideous I wonder if they have mirrors at home.
Models Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber, US actress Addison Rae and British actress Lily James also donned equally revealing ensembles, no doubt to outdo one another.
MICHELLE HEATON has been incredibly braveto talk so openly about her experience of going to rehab for drink and drug addiction.
But even more so about the way that her husband felt about her addiction and behaviour.
The former Liberty X singer broke down in tears on TV’s Loose Women this week as she detailed a letter her husband Hugh Hanley wrote to her while she was in rehab.
It said: “Watching you spiral like this has been very hard to deal with. I couldn’t talk to my best friend.
"I have been left embarrassed by you, but that was never you.”
How brave of her to share this – and how great that she is now in recovery.
WHAT an eye-opener that actress Sophie Turner – who is drop-dead gorgeous – had a live-in therapist during the height of her eating disorder.
The Game Of Thrones actress, 26, admitted the pressure from starring in the hit series, coupled with social media use, “consumed” her.
She also said she has now distanced herself from Instagram as comments would make her feel “fat” and “undesirable”.
I see this as yet another example of how dangerous and destructive social media can be.
Here is a beautiful girl with a lovely figure who clearly couldn’t even enjoy it.
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It’s so sad to see the hate spewed out on sites like Instagram and Twitter.
I hope new owner Elon Musk can do what the previous owners wouldn’t when he finally takes over.
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