Keir Starmer, leader of the opposition UK Labor Party, was cleared by police of alleged violations of Covid-19 quarantine laws on Friday after he said he would resign if he was fined for breaking the rules.
A day after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he would step down after a series of scandals, including repeated lockdown violations, in his Downing Street office, police said Starmer had not violated regulations.
“When I was in Durham, I always made it clear that no rules were being broken. The police completed their investigation and agreed: there are no cases to answer,” Starmer said on Twitter. “For me it has always been a matter of principle. Integrity and honesty are important.”
After the scandal involving the prime minister and dozens of other officials who were fined for attending illegal meetings on Downing Street or other government offices, allegations of violations of coronavirus rules have become a politically explosive issue for Johnson.
Starmer faced his own investigation after a video emerged of him drinking beer at a meeting while campaigning for a parliamentary election in April 2021.
It was forbidden to gather indoors unless necessary. Starmer said he took a break for lunch and then returned to work.