Starmer violated the code of conduct for deputies eight times

Sir Keir Starmer was found to have violated the MPs’ code of conduct by failing to register eight interests on time, including gifts from football teams and the sale of a plot of land.

An investigation into the Labor leader was launched in June by the Commissioner for Parliamentary Standards in connection with allegations of late declaration of income and gifts, benefits or hospitality from British sources.

Speaking at the time, Sir Keir said he was “absolutely confident” that he had not violated the MPs’ code of conduct.

The commissioner has now determined that the leader of the opposition failed to register eight interests – five more than the initial complaint.

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

Therefore, the supervisory authority decided that the investigation could be completed as a “correction” without recourse to the Standards Committee, which occurs in more serious cases.

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


Labor Leader Sir Keir Starmer (Kirsty O’Connor/Pennsylvania)

A Labor Party spokesman said: “Keir Starmer takes his duties to the Register very seriously and has apologized to the Commissioner for this unintentional mistake.

“He assured the commissioner that his office processes were being reviewed to ensure this didn’t happen again.”

The initial complaint to the Commissioner alleges that between March 6, 2022 and May 13, 2022, Sir Keir failed to register income and hospitality received by him three times within the 28-day time limit set by the Commission. House.

The supervisory authority reviewed Sir Keir’s registry entries for the past 12 months and noted four additional late entries.

During the course of the investigation, Sir Keir also told Ms Stone that he was in the process of selling land for an amount in excess of the £100,000 threshold for registration set by the House of Representatives.

The Commissioner wrote in her report: “Sir Keir said that he had been in communication with the Registrar of Members’ Financial Interests on this matter, and after conducting a land valuation in January 2022 and putting the land on the market in March 2022, he was waiting for the sale to be completed to register the correct price.

I found that, based on the information available to me, the violations were minor and/or unintentional, and that there was no intentional attempt to mislead. Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Katherine Stone

“I decided to include this issue in my investigation.”

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

However, she continued: “Based on the information available to me, I found that the violations were minor and/or unintentional, and that there was no deliberate attempt to mislead.

“Therefore, I have decided that the investigation can be completed through the 35 rectification procedure available to me under Regulation No. 150.”

In a 21 June letter to the Commissioner, Sir Keir confirmed that the late statements were “the result of an administrative error in my office”, adding “I take full responsibility for my register and I apologize.”

“My office and I have reviewed the process to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” he said.

In April, Sir Keir received an £18,450 advance from HarperCollins for a book he is writing, in which he is expected to lay out his vision for Britain.

The amount he promised to donate to charity was announced a day late, as well as deferred fees for two law books published before the lawyer became an MP.

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

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

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

Donations from the company exceeded the £300 limit for registration on 29 October, but were not announced until 23 December.