UK Labour leader probed for suspected gift rules violation

The leader of Britain’s main opposition Labour Party is under investigation by a parliamentary official over potential violations of rules on earnings and gifts.

According to Parliament’s website, Keir Starmer is being investigated by Kathryn Stone, the parliamentary commissioner for standards, over whether he broke two sections of lawmakers’ code of conduct on registering interests.

A spokesman for Starmer says the politician “takes his declaration responsibilities very seriously” and that “administrative errors in his office have led to a small number of late declarations.”

Asked about the claims, Starmer tells reporters that he was “absolutely confident” he has done nothing wrong.

“My office is dealing with it and will be replying in due course,” he says.

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