Boris won’t quit over Partygate even if Starmer resigns for beergate

The senior party insisted that a key difference was that Starmer may have “lied” over the beergate incident and been “a hypocrite” for demanding the Prime Minister quit.

The source went on: “It looks like Keir (Starmer) Cynically exploited the tragic tales of many families to score cheap political points in parliament over an issue that applied to him.”

The source close to Mr Johnson added: “The PM was in his place of work and place of residence with civil servants who – like other key workers – were exempted  from Covid restrictions to be there.

“Keir was away from home at 10pm on a Friday night having beers and curry with people who were not key workers.”

At his press conference announcing he would resign if he is fined over the Durham gathering, Sir Keir denied accusations that he lied or had been a hypocrite.

He said: “I am here to say they are not. I believe in honour, integrity and the principle that those who make the laws must follow them. And I believe that politicians who undermine that principle undermine trust in politics, undermine our democracy and undermine Britain.”

So far, Mr Johnson has received just one fine along with Chancellor Rishi Sunak when birthday cake for him was brought into the Cabinet Room ahead of the meeting the two were attending.

However, Tory MPs privately fear there are more fines for the Prime Minister coming over a “bring your own bottle party” and an “Abba party” among other allegations.

Civil servant Sue Gray who initially investigated the breaches also has what is expected to be a full damning report to come out once the Metropolitan Police has finished its inquiries.

One Conservative MP and Boris Johnson loyalist told Express.co.uk: “We are not out of the woods yet. There are some dark days to come I fear.

“It may become difficult for him [the Prime Minister].”

But party sources now suggest that Mr Johnson’s breaches are nothing compared to those of Starmer.

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The Labour leader had claimed initially that his deputy Angela Rayner was not at the Durham event on April 30 where more than £200 of curry was consumed washed down by beer.

He also claimed that it had not been pre-planned but over the weekend a memo proving that 80 minutes had been set aside for the event days before.

The revelations have led to accusations that Sir Keir and Labour officials “lied” about the event to cover their tracks.

Durham Police has reopened its investigation into it and has reportedly set up a major incident room with an investigation taking up to six weeks.

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Meanwhile, Sir Keir has told allies that if fined he will quit.

However, critics have pointed out that previously he said a police investigation into the Prime Minister without a definitive verdict was enough for him to be removed from office.

Roy Walsh

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