The former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has apologised for separate breaches of coronavirus restrictions.
This comes after Corbyn was pictured with seven other people including his wife Laura – plus an eighth person who took the photo.
It is currently illegal in England to gather socially in groups of more than six, with police able to fine first offenders £200 a head. The “rule of six” measure was brought in earlier this month in a bid to stop the second wave of coronavirus worsening.
The former leader told the Sun, which published the photo: “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.”
Guests at Jeremy’s party included left-wing activists, filmmakers and artists. The rule has caused much confusion over recent days, with Boris Johnson himself being forced to make an apology after getting the rules wrong.
However, the government has stated that police do not need to fine people in every case. Environment Secretary George Eustice declined to say police should fine Mr Corbyn.
The Tory minister said “in most cases” guidance, a warning or direction to change approach would be appropriate and there shouldn’t be a penalty in every case.
He added: “It’s for police to decide whether or not action is appropriate.”
But Labour’s shadow mental health minister Rosena Allin-Khan told Times Radio: “Of course he should pay a fine. Anyone that breaks the law should pay a fine.”