Sir Keir Starmer was found to have breached MPs’ code of conduct eight times.
The Labor leader was investigated by Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Catherine Stone in June over allegations of late declaration of income and gifts, benefits or hospitality from UK sources.
These included a director’s box for two at Crystal Palace worth £720, four tickets to Watford v Arsenal and tickets for his crew to the British Kebab Awards.
Speaking then, Sir Keir said he was “absolutely sure” he had not breached the code of conduct for MPs.
However, the commissioner has now found that the opposition leader failed to register eight interests, five more than those listed in the original complaint.
However, he noted that “the violations were minor and/or inadvertent and that there was no deliberate attempt to mislead.”
Therefore, the watchdog decided that the investigation could be completed through a “correction” procedure without referral to the Standards Committee, which occurs in more serious cases.
The correction procedure involves publishing details and an apology on the Commons website.
“It won’t happen again”
A spokesperson for the Labor Party said: “Cair Starmer takes his duties with the register very seriously and has apologized to the commissioner for this inadvertent error.
“He has assured the commissioner that his office’s processes have been reviewed to ensure this does not happen again.”
The original complaint to the commissioner alleged that between March 6, 2022 and May 13, 2022, Sir Keir failed to register the income and hospitality he received three times within the 28-day period set by the House. .
The watchdog checked Sir Keir’s logbook over the past 12 months and noted four additional late entries.
During the inquest, Sir Keir also informed Ms Stone that he was in the process of selling the plot for a sum that exceeded the £100,000 threshold set by the council for registration.
The commissioner wrote in his report. “Sir Keir said he had been in contact with the Register of Members’ Financial Interests on this matter and, having the land assessed in January 2022, and putting the land on the market in March 2022, he. was waiting for the sale to complete so that it could record the correct value.
“I decided to include this question as part of my survey.”
Ms Stone found that Sir Keir failed to register the eight interests, including the plot, and “breached clause 14 of the Code of Conduct for Members of the House of Commons”.
However, he continued. “I found that, based on the information available to me, the violations were minor and/or inadvertent and that there was no deliberate attempt to mislead.”
In a June 21 letter to the commissioner, Sir Keir reiterated that the late announcements were “the result of an administrative error in my office”, adding: “I take full responsibility for my registration and apologize.”
“My office and I have reviewed the process so that this does not happen again,” he said.
A book deal
Sir Keir received an advance of £18,450 from publisher HarperCollins in April for a book he is writing, which is expected to outline his vision for Britain.
The amount he pledged to donate to charity was announced a day late, and royalties for two legal books published before the barrister became an MP were also delayed.
Sir Keir also received a £720 box for two 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, worth a total of £1,416. The gift was registered on May 6.
Just Eat has also given staff tickets to the Taste of London Festival and the British Kebab Awards.
The company’s donations exceeded the £300 limit for registration on 29 October but were not announced until 23 December.
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