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New questions over Starmer event after memo leaked
Sir Keir Starmer is facing further questions over whether he broke Covid lockdown rules at an MP's office in Durham, amid reports a leaked Labour memo suggested time was set aside for him to eat dinner with colleagues.
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Durham police are investigating last April's event, when the Labour leader had beer and curry with others.
The Mail on Sunday published what it said was a memo showing timings for "dinner", before the visit would end.
Sir Keir insists no rules were broken.
A Labour spokesperson said he had eaten "between work demands".
A party source added that it would be "wrong to assume" activities during the visit occurred at the times originally planned.
Sir Keir was filmed drinking a bottle of beer in the constituency office of Durham MP Mary Foy last year, in the run-up to a by-election in nearby Hartlepool.
The Labour leader has maintained the visit was a work event, and that the food and drink was consumed in between doing work, so was within the rules.
But the internal planning document for the Durham trip apparently showed how an hour and twenty minutes were scheduled for "dinner" - after which, the visit would conclude.
The memo said a takeaway order would be placed by a member of Sir Keir's office from a nearby Indian restaurant for a meal between 20:40 and 22:00.