Keir Starmer branded a hypocrite after refusing to apologise for boozy pics

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The Labour leader insisted he was working and “didn’t break any rules” when he was snapped socialising indoors.

The Labour leader was pictured in the office of City of Durham MP Mary Foy on April 30, 2021, in the run-up to May’s local elections.

During his LBC Radio phone-in show, Sir Keir was confronted by a caller who said his response was “like listening to Boris Johnson without the harrumphing”, adding: “You should apologise and you are a hypocrite for not.”

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Asked if he was prepared to apologise, Sir Keir said: “We didn’t break any rules. We were working in the office and we stopped for a takeaway.”

He added: “We did nothing wrong.”

Sir Keir added: “I think that it’s in the national interest that Boris Johnson goes now…Put party politics to one side, he’s lost all authority and that matters, whatever party you are in.”

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi also called for Sir Keir to say sorry.

“I hope he finds it within himself to apologise,” he said.

“I think people expect, you know, very high standards from their leaders, and I think that’s only right.”

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