Labour has revealed that Angela Rayner did attend a gathering in County Durham. Labour admitted that it told journalists that Ms. Rayner had not attended with Sir Keir originally.
Local Conservative MP for northwest Durham has asked the police to reinvestigate the matter. The police have received communications from other sources besides the MP regarding the gathering. The police said they do not at this point intend to investigate this matter. Which is something the local police said originally and that would appear to be that.
Of course, the Conservatives will keep trying to compare the Labour event with Partygate. The lockdown beer as it has been called was Sir Keir drinking with local party members. Obviously, Angela Rayner was present and there is nothing unusual about that. Ms. Rayner as deputy leader is always present with Sir Keir when engaging in official engagements.
Sir Keir Starmer said there is no equivalent to partygate as regards lockdown beer. Lockdown beer occurred when the public was told by the government not to mix. Sir Keir has also said no rules were broken at this gathering.
Channels like GB News a right-leaning media source featured a picture of Sir Keir drinking beer at this gathering. They and other right-wing sources have tried to make a comparison between that and partygate.
One could question why Labour never mentioned Ms Rayner being present before. But at least they have come clean in the end, unlike their Tory opponents. The Met Police chose to investigate the Conservative lockdown gatherings. Fines were issued to all Tories who were found to have broken lockdown rules. The difference was Durham Police found Sir Keir and all those gathered there had no wrongdoing to answer.
With partygate and all Tory misdemeanours, the party will get a pounding at next week's local elections. Even those people who lent the Conservatives their vote over Brexit may turn against Boris. Let me make one thing clear for non-UK readers these are local elections, not a general election. These are simply elections to elect representatives to town halls up and down England. There will be the Conservatives, Labour, the Lib Dems, Greens, etc, standing. Top MPs from the various parties will be out canvassing so that their party gets the most seats. There will be party election broadcasts on the media telling the electorate to vote for such and such a party.
One thing is certain though many people are sick and tired of politicians. Regardless of the political party, the feeling is that politicians promise the earth until they get elected. Hence there is a growing apathy toward the electoral process from many. And who can blame them when politicians do not live up to the mandate they are given. Once elected all talk is cheap and politicians do not carry out what they promised voters. Or for one reason or another, they find they cannot carry out the policies they promised the electorate.
According to the latest polls Labour can expect gains in these elections. If this is so, Sir Keir will know he has connected in a big way with the electorate. It will give him and the Labour party in general a boost for the 2024 general election.
As for Boris, his reputation is already in the doldrums with sleaze and corruption. Conservative MPs like Steve Baker say Baker Boris should be removed from being Prime Minister. There is a growing movement within the Conservative party to unseat Boris as soon as possible. If Boris fails in next week's local elections those Boris detractors will have a reason to move against him.