A British politician on Monday said he would resign as the leader of the Labour Party if the police find he broke lockdown protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic last April.
Keir Starmer, the opposition leader in British Parliament, said he did not violate any protocols during lockdown, despite photos surfacing of him drinking a beer and eating curry at a party in the office of Labour lawmaker Mary Foy.
"I believe in honor, integrity, and the principle that those who make the laws should follow them," Starmer said, according to the BBC. "If the police decide to issue me with a fixed-penalty notice, I would of course do the right thing and step down."
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The investigation of Starmer began Friday and follows a larger investigation into breaches of COVID-19 restrictions by employees of No. 10 Downing St. Starmer was one of the loudest critics who called for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after he was fined for his attendance of a birthday party held in his honor.
Members of the public criticized the prime minister for flouting the restrictions when loved ones were dying alone. Starmer himself lost a family member in the pandemic, his mother-in-law, and said he couldn't support his grieving father-in-law in person because of the restrictions.
The Labour Party has remained supportive of the opposition leader, claiming his alleged violation was different than the prime minister's because it occurred while he was working.
"Keir was working. A takeaway was made available in the kitchen, and he ate between work demands," a spokesperson said. "No rules were broken."
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Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner has also said she would resign if given a fine. However, it is not clear whether there is an open investigation into Rayner. The investigation into Starmer could take up to eight weeks.