Starmer says Government using Sue Gray controversy to distract voters

Sir Keir Starmer has insisted he had no discussions with Sue Gray while she was a civil servant investigating Boris Johnson and he is “confident” she has not broken any rules. “Firstly I had no discussions with her while she was investigating Boris Johnson whatsoever, I don’t think anyone is suggesting that that is the case,” the Labour leader told BBC Breakfast ahead of an expected update later from the Cabinet Office on the circumstances of her departure. He went on: “I’m confident she hasn’t broken any of the rules. “Whenever a senior civil servant leaves the Civil Service there is always a process that they have to go through, that is the process she is going through, quite rightly.” He added: “The Government is trying to resurrect a story about Sue Gray, maybe because they don’t want to talk about the cost-of-living crisis, which actually is the thing that most people are most concerned about.”