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Sir Keir Starmer has revealed he ‘hated’ being the subject of a criminal investigation into beergate and the potential breach of COVID rules, and that waiting to find out if he would be exonerated was a ‘daily burden’.

In an interview with Sky News’ Beth Rigby Interviews programme, the Labor leader spoke about when he discovered police were investigating a video of him drinking beer on a takeaway curry with colleagues in a Durham constituency office, when social distancing rules were still in place.

Mr Keer, who was cleared by Durham Police last monthsaid he was still confident he had broken no rules, but said it was a “great moment” when the decision was made to investigate him.

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He said: “I really hated being the subject of a criminal investigation when you were director of public prosecutions.

“I hated it, I’m not like others in many ways who will say it doesn’t matter, it meant a lot to me, it was a burden I carried. I tried not to show it of course, but it was there every day.”

Take of Sir Keir Starmer during beergate
Sir Keir Starmer has been investigated over a video of him drinking beer with colleagues while social distancing rules were in place

The Labor leader also said he knew “in his gut” that he would have to resign if found guilty, but delayed his appointment because he wanted to discuss the decision with his wife.

“A lot of people criticized me for taking two or three days to make a decision,” he said.

“I put my whole career on the line and I wasn’t going to do it until I sat down like I did that Sunday and talked it over with Vic, my wife.”

Mr Keir insisted he took the decision as ‘a matter of principle that those who make the rules cannot break them’ and ‘not to show in any way that I was a good two shoes” – as some of his detractors have suggested.

He said his wife “supported him” throughout the decision, later calling it “fantastic”.

The Labor leader opened up about his family life, saying his biggest worry was the impact his job could have on his two children, whom he was determined to keep out of the public eye.

Sir Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria in the Royal Box on day eleven of the 2022 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon.  Picture date: Thursday July 7, 2022.
Sir Keir Starmer said his wife Victoria had been ‘fantastic’ in her support for him

He said his youngest had already told him she would not move in with him in Downing Street if he won the next election.

“We don’t want our family to be destroyed by all of this,” he said.

“We didn’t have children as props in my political life.”

“I don’t think I’m boring”

On the prospect of winning an election, he said he had never doubted Labor could win under his leadership, but said after two years “hope has turned into belief”.

He disagreed with the suggestion that he wasn’t on because people think he’s boring, telling Beth Rigby: “I don’t think I’m boring, I’m not going to pretend that the Politics is a hallmark of the entertainment industry, running the country is a very serious matter and you need serious politicians to do it.”

He was also told another concern of voters is that people don’t know what he stands for – having backed a different view of Labor under Jeremy Corbyn.

But Sir Keir insisted that after the party’s disastrous performance at the last election he needed to ‘reflect’ on what was wrong and change.

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When asked specifically what his position was on the national railway strikes and whether Labor supported them, he insisted his position was clear – that he did not want them to continue .

But he admitted he didn’t think it was appropriate for a prime minister to go to the picket line.

He said: “Of course a prime minister cannot picket, a prime minister has to lead the country and bring people around the table.

“But that shouldn’t translate into a lack of understanding of how difficult people are after 10 years of Conservative failure on the economy.”

The full interview can be viewed tonight on Beth Rigby Interviews at 9 p.m.

Beth will also meet reality TV star Vicky Pattison and talk to legendary DJ Judge Jules.


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