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Keir Starmer defends drinking with staff after being branded ‘hypocrite’

Kier Starmer has refused to apologise for images of him drinking beer in an office last years when rules banned indoor socialising.

The Labour leader insisted no rules were broken last April when he had a drink with staff in their constituency office.

Sir Keir has been forced to defend his behaviour all weekend, insisting he did nothing wrong.

Speaking this morning on LBC radio he again stood firm in his defence, insisting his behaviour was “absolutely no comparison” with Boris Johnson.

He said: “The picture of me was in a constituency office up in the North East, it was I think, three or four days before the May elections, so we’re really busy. I was with my team going across the country from place to place.

“We’re in the office, working in the office and we stopped for a takeaway, and then we carried on working. There was no party. And there was absolutely no comparison with the Prime Minister.”

The public have criticised Sir Keir force attacking Boris Johnson for allegations he broke rules while failing to follow the guidance himself.

One person phoned in the radio station to brand the Labour leader a “hypocrite”.

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