Jeremy Corbyn should pay £200 fine for breaking rule of six, shadow cabinet minister says

JEREMY Corbyn should pay a £200 fine for breaking the rule of six, a shadow Cabinet minister has said.

The ex-Labour leader was forced to apologise after he was snapped at a dinner party with eight other people – in clear breach of the Rule of Six.

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But Labour's minister for mental health, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan has demanded Mr Corbyn cough up and a pay a fine for breaking the rules.

She told Times Radio this morning: "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."

Dr Allin-Khan, an NHS A&E doctor who worked in a London hospital during the coronavirus crisis, said: "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.

"We all have a responsibility to adhere to the rules." 

Mr Corbyn, his wife Laura Alvarez, 51, and fellow guests at the dinner party in London last Saturday now face fines totalling up to £1,800.

The socialist ex-leader apologised for breaking the rules which have meant many families can't meet up for lunch or even see both grandparents at the same time.

He told The Sun: “I recently had dinner at a friend’s house where the number of guests eventually exceeded five.

"I understand that remaining at the dinner was a breach of the rule of six. I apologise for my mistake.”

Boris Johnson doubled fined for breaking the rule of six last week, as the Government ramped up its efforts to crack down on people who ignore the rules.

It bans gatherings of more than six indoors or outdoors unless they already live together, with potential fines of £200 each for first-time offenders.

The fines jump up to £6,400 for people who continually break the rules.

Asked if Mr Corbyn should be handed a fine for his dinner party, Environment Secretary George Eustice told Sky News: "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."

The Sun understands the rule-breaching party was held at a home belonging to one of Corbyn’s long-term pals.

Guests included left-wing activists, filmmakers and artists.

During the evening, one left the table and took a photograph of the remaining eight.

It prompted a grumpy reaction from checked-shirt wearing Corbyn, who was sitting two seats away from his wife.

A source said: “It’s clear that Jeremy realised immediately the danger the photo had put him in.

“His face says it all. He knew he shouldn’t have been present and he, of all people, should know the rules.

"But it seems that when it comes to social distancing, some are more equal than others.”

The dinner party was held on the same day his older brother Piers, 73, led an anti-mask and social distancing rally in Trafalgar Square.

 

 

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