British opposition Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has refused to apologise over images of him drinking beer in an office in April 2021 in the run-up to the May 2021 elections.
At the time coronavirus rules meant indoor socialising was banned in England.
Sir Keir told LBC Radio: "The restrictions allowed people to work when they needed to, we were running an election campaign, we were in a constituency office."
He said no restaurants or pubs were open and the hotel he and colleagues were staying in did not serve food so "if you didn't get a takeaway then our team wasn't eating that evening".
Asked if he was prepared to apologise, Sir Keir said: "We didn't break any rules, we were working in the office and we stopped for a takeaway."
He added: "We did nothing wrong."
Sir Keir said he usually travelled with a team of around six people and the incident took place in City of Durham MP Mary Foy's office.
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