Jeremy Corbyn won't be fined for breaking 'rule of six' at dinner party

Jeremy Corbyn will not be fined after breaching the ‘rule of six’ limit on social gatherings by attending a dinner party with eight other people.

The former Labour leader, 71, apologised after a picture of him, alongside his wife Laura Alvarez, 51, emerged from the bash. Under the current lockdown measures, Mr Corbyn and his friends all faced £200 fines each.

‘I recently had dinner at a friend’s house where the number of guests eventually exceeded five,’ he told The Sun yesterday.

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

The dinner was held to remember the late Occupy Wall Street organiser David Graeber, MailOnline reports. Mr Corbyn joined Mr Graeber’s widow, the artist Nika Dubrovsky, for the meal in London.

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Scotland Yard confirmed the MP will not be fined, saying police will not retrospectively enforce coronavirus laws.

A spokesman said police did not issue fines retrospectively to allow people the chance to listen to and follow advice.

It comes as allies of Mr Corbyn began a hunt for the mole who leaked the photo of the dinner.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s father Stanley, who was caught in a shop without a face mask on, will also not be fined under the same conditions.

Yesterday Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said Mr Corbyn should have obeyed the rules, but stopped short of calling for his predecessor to be fined.

‘It’s not for me to decide who should be fined, but it is for me to say that everybody should follow the rules,’ he said.

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.

The photo of Mr Corbyn emerged on the same day the Prime Minister’s father Stanley Johnson was pictured shopping without a face mask.

He said he was ‘extremely sorry’ for breaking the rules by not covering his mouth and nose.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed that Mr Johnson will also not have to pay for the breach as officers were not on the scene at the time.

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