Keir Starmer has been grilled by Sky News’ Beth Rigby over his call for Boris Johnson to resign when the Prime Minister was placed under investigation for breaking the rules now that he is facing the same probe by police over partygate. Speaking to the press on Monday, Sir Keir refused to resign outright but promised to step down if he were to be fined by the police for breaking Covid lockdown rules.
Ms Rigby asked the Labour leader: “On January 31 you put out a tweet you said ‘honesty and decency matter after months of denial, the Prime Minister is now under criminal investigation for breaking his own lockdown laws. He needs to do the decent thing and resign.’
“So you said then that the Prime Minister should resign because he was under criminal investigation, which you now are as well.
“Isn’t it rather hypocritical? That you said that of him but you’re not prepared to resign right now?
“What do you say to people that say you’re a hypocrite?”
The Labour leader argued he has taken a “very different” path to that picked by the Prime Minister when Partygate was first uncovered.
“I have taken a very different course to the Prime Minister, who of course did break the laws and then didn’t resign,” Sir Keir argued.
“I am setting out a very different course, I have different principles to the Prime Minister and I think it is very important that the public see not all politicians are the same.
“I am very different to the Prime Minister in this regard in terms of the principle, the honour and the integrity of the office that I hold.”
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