Sir Keir Starmer has breached the code of conduct for MPs.


• Keir Starmer breached MPs’ code of conduct by failing to register eight interests on time, including gifts to football teams and the sale of a plot of land.

An inquiry into the Labor leader was launched in June by Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Catherine Stone, into claims of late declaration of earnings and gifts, benefits or hospitality from UK sources.

Speaking at the time, Sir Kerr said he was “absolutely confident” he had not breached the code of conduct for MPs.

The Commissioner has now found that the Leader of the Opposition failed to register eight interests – five more than those alleged in the original complaint.

However, it noted that “the violations were minor and/or inadvertent, and that there was no deliberate attempt to mislead”.

Therefore, the watchdog decided that the inquiry could be completed through a “remedial” procedure, without referral to the Committee on Standards, which occurs in more serious cases.

Correction procedures include publishing the details on the Commons website and issuing an apology.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer (Christy O’Connor/PA) / PA Wire

A Labor Party spokesman said: “Ker Stormer takes his responsibilities at the Register very seriously and apologizes to the Commissioner for this inadvertent error.

“He has assured the commissioner that his office processes have been reviewed to ensure this does not happen again.”

In the original complaint to the Commissioner, it was alleged that between March 6, 2022 and May 13, 2022, Sir Kiir had failed to register income and hospitality on three occasions, which he had accepted. They accepted within the stipulated 28-day deadline. Home

The watchdog reviewed SirCare’s register entries over the past 12 months and noted four additional late entries.

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

The commissioner wrote in his report: “Sir Kerr said he was discussing the matter with the Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests, and, after the land was valued in January 2022, and the land was put on the market in March 2022 I put it, he was waiting for the sale to complete so he could enter the correct price.

I found that, based on the information available to me, the violations were minor and/or inadvertent, and that there was no attempt to mislead.

“I have decided to include this matter as part of my inquiry.”

Ms Stone found that Sir Keir had failed to register the eight interests described above, including the plot of land, and had “breached paragraph 14 of the House of Commons Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament”.

However, he continued: “I find that, based on the information available to me, the violations were minor and/or inadvertent, and that there was no deliberate attempt to mislead.

“I have therefore decided, the inquiry may be terminated by the Rectification 35 procedure available to me under Standing Order No. 150.”

In a letter to the commissioner on June 21, Sir Kerr reiterated that the late announcements were “the result of an administrative error within my office”, adding: “I take full responsibility for my register. , and I’m sorry.”

“My office and I have reviewed the process to ensure that this does not happen again”, he noted.

Sir Keir received an £18,450 advance from publisher HarperCollins in April for a book outlining his vision for Britain.

The amount, which he has promised to donate to charity, was announced a day late, while royalties from two legal books published before the lawyer became an MP were also delayed.

Sir Kerr also received a director’s box for two worth £720 at Crystal Palace, when they beat his club Arsenal 3-0 on 4 April. It was not registered until May 5.

He received four tickets for Watford v Arsenal on March 6, for a total of £1,416. The gift was registered on May 6.

Just Eight also gave away tickets to the Staff of London Festival and the British Kebab Awards.

Company donations exceeded the £300 threshold for registration on 29 October but were not announced until 23 December.