Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ‘broke coronavirus rule of six at dinner party’

Jeremy Corbyn is pictured at a dinner table with more than five  other people
Jeremy Corbyn is pictured at a dinner table with more than five other people - (Copyright PA Wire)
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Jeremy Corbyn has flouted the ‘rule of six’ by attending a dinner party with eight other people.

And today a shadow minister has called for the former Labour leader to be fined for breaching Government ruleson social distancing.

According to The Sun newspaper, which claimed the dinner took place on September 26, Mr Corbyn has apologised.

New laws prohibiting social gatherings of more than six people came into effect on September 14, with police now able to disperse any such gatherings and fine individuals £200 for a first offence.

Anyone that breaks the law should pay a fine. I am glad that he has apologised. That was the right thing to do

But speaking to Times Radio, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, shadow minister for mental health, said: “Of course he should pay a fine. Anyone that breaks the law should pay a fine. I am glad that he has apologised. That was the right thing to do.

“It does seem as though he was at a dinner party and more people arrived and when it got to six he should have left.

“But I’m glad to see him taking responsibility. Unfortunately people like Dominic Cummings don’t seem to have taken responsibility and we have also seen Boris Johnson’s own father walking in a shop without wearing a mask.”

She added: “We all have a responsibility to adhere to the rules.”

Boris Johnson’s father Stanley has said he was “extremely sorry” after being pictured shopping without wearing a face covering.

Johnson Snr was pictured in the Mirror newspaper perusing the shelves at a newsagents in west London on Tuesday, seemingly breaking the rules by not covering his mouth and nose.

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Earlier this year reports suggested Mr Johnson’s senior aide Mr Cummings broke the Government’s lockdown rules when he was spotted at his parents’ property in Durham where he was recovering from coronavirus symptoms, after travelling from his London home with his wife and son who also fell ill.

Mr Cummings defended his actions in a press conference in the Downing Street rose garden, saying he believed he behaved “reasonably” and did not regret his actions.

Asked on Sky News on Thursday if Mr Corbyn should be fined, Environment Secretary George Eustice said: “The police will obviously take appropriate action here.

“We’ve got the rule of six, and there are fines that can be put in place. But the police will apply this in a proportionate way.”

He added: “We have the rule of six, and it’s being enforced and should be enforced, yes.

“But that doesn’t mean that there should be a penalty in every case.

“Sometimes it can be a warning, sometimes people make mistakes and apologise for it.”

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