Sir Keir Starmer found to have breached MPs’ code of conduct after failing to declare EIGHT interests

 

KEIR Starmer broke the MPs’ code of conduct by failing to register eight interests on time, the Parliament’s watchdog has found.

They include gifts from football teams and the sale of a plot of land, said the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

Speaking at the time the probe was launched in June, Sir Keir said he was “absolutely confident” he had not broken the MPs’ code of conduct.

But Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone has now found he failed to register eight interests – five more than the ones alleged in the original complaint – on time.

Sir Keir received a directors’ box for two people at Crystal Palace worth £720, when they thrashed his club Arsenal 3-0 on April 4.

He received four tickets for Watford vs Arsenal, worth a total of £1,416, for their March 6 match.

Just Eat also gave tickets to staff for the Taste of London festival and the British Kebab awards.

During the investigation, Sir Keir also informed Ms Stone he was in the process of selling a plot of land for a sum that exceeded the £100,000 threshold for registration set by the House.

The commissioner noted the “breaches were minor and/or inadvertent, and that there was no deliberate attempt to mislead”.

As such the watchdog decided the inquiry could be concluded by way of the “rectification” procedure, without a referral to the Committee on Standards, which happens in the more serious cases.

The rectification procedure entails publishing the details and an apology on the Commons website.

A Labour Party spokesperson said: “Keir Starmer takes his responsibilities to the Register very seriously and has apologised to the Commissioner for this inadvertent error.

“He has assured the Commissioner that his office processes have been reviewed to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

The original charge was that between March and May his year Sir Keir failed three times register income and hospitality he had accepted, within the 28-day deadline.

The watchdog undertook a review of Sir Keir’s register entry over the last 12 months and noted four additional late entries.

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