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  • 5 weeks later...

Keir Starmer's leadership is in crisis - police launch a probe into his beer and curry night during lockdown

  • Starmer's leadership is in crisis as Durham Constabulary reopened investigation
  • Notorious April 2021 'Beergate' event saw Sir Keir open a cold one with activists
  • The probe is a humiliation for Labour leader, who has called on Johnson to resign
  • Keir: 'Honesty and decency matter. He needs to do the decent thing and resign'
  • Ex-leader Corbyn, who lost Labour whip, refused to say whether Keir should quit
  • Cops cite 'significant new information' as they relaunch probe after Mail coverage

Keir Starmer’s leadership was in crisis last night after police launched an investigation into ‘Beergate’. Durham Constabulary said they were opening a fresh inquiry into the notorious event when Sir Keir was filmed enjoying a late-night beer with party activists during lockdown.

The move is a humiliation for the Labour leader, who called on Boris Johnson to resign in January after police launched an inquiry into claims of lockdown-busting events in No 10. In a tweet, he said: ‘Honesty and decency matter. He needs to do the decent thing and resign.’

Sir Keir ignored questions yesterday about whether he would adhere to his own standards and quit – insisting only that he had not broken the rules. But a Cabinet source said Sir Keir had been ‘hoist by his own petard’, adding: ‘Who would have guessed that the holier-than-thou saint would turn out to be a total hypocrite?’ Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries told the Daily Mail: ‘For three months, he attempted to divert the Government’s attention away from important and pressing issues such as the cost of living and the war in Ukraine by continuously calling for the PM to resign for nothing more than being investigated. Do his inappropriate and repeatedly shrill-voiced standards apply to himself as well?’

One Labour backbencher branded Sir Kier’s actions in Durham ‘indefensible’ – telling PoliticsJoe they would refuse media interviews to avoid having to defend the party’s embattled leader. A political adviser to Sir Keir added: ‘It’s a relief Durham police aren’t handing out retrospective fines. Because we would probably get one.’

Yesterday’s police intervention follows a string of revelations by the Mail about what really happened when Sir Keir gathered with MPs and officials in Durham Miners Hall on the night of April 30 last year. Durham Constabulary said last night the force had received ‘significant new information’. Durham police have faced questions about why they delayed their bombshell announcement until after Thursday's local elections. Last week this newspaper revealed that, despite denials stretching back three months, Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner was also present at the drinks in the Miners Hall.

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Militant union pay demands are revealed in full: Now firefighters, NHS staff and postal workers threaten to join barristers, railway workers and teachers in walkouts that will ruin the rest of YOUR year

  • Firefighters' union leader is warning of the first strikes since 2003 after reacting angrily to a 2% pay offer
  • More than 115,000 Royal Mail postal workers also started voting this morning on whether to strike over pay
  • Doctors demand an inflation-busting THIRTY per cent pay rise
  • Civil servants, council staff, rail workers, nurses and teachers are all threatening walkouts in 2022

Britain is spiralling further towards a national strike today after firefighters threatened to walk out in what would be their first industrial action for approaching 20 years.  

More than 115,000 Royal Mail workers also started voting this morning on whether to strike in a dispute over pay in action that would likely shut down the postal service.

Doctors have threatened to strike unless they get a pay rise of up to 30 per cent. Nurses, meanwhile, want a rise of more than 12 per cent.

Swathes of the public sector have demanded inflation-plus pay rises, and threatened strikes that could wreck the run through to Christmas if their wishes are not met.

The leader of the firefighters' union is warning of the first strikes since 2003 after reacting angrily to a two per cent pay offer. The executive of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is recommending rejection of the offer, which it said is well below the soaring rate of inflation. Between 2009 and 2021, firefighters' real pay has been cut by 12 per cent, or nearly £4,000, the FBU said.

The Communication Workers Union is demanding that Royal Mail Group negotiates with them to secure a 'straight, no-strings' pay increase for employees. The union said management intends to impose a 2% pay rise which will be a 'dramatic real-terms wage cut' because of soaring inflation. Royal Mail claims that they offered a deal worth up to 5.5%.

Strike action amongst doctors and nurses is almost unprecedented. The Royal College of Nursing has not staged UK-wide industrial action since its foundation in 1916. But other healthcare unions such as Unison, GMB and Unite have held strikes in 1988, 2014, 2015 and 2016 over pay.

The news will compound fears that Britain is facing an end of the year with strikes crippling everyday life, as unions representing other professions also flex their muscles in pursuit of inflation-busting pay rises.

Here are the areas of the public sector threatening to strike and what they are demanding:

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