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Keir Starmer refuses to condemn police investigation into Darren Grimes

Sir Keir Starmer has refused to criticise the criminal investigation into interviewer Darren Grimes, saying that “there is a line that can be crossed”. When asked whether the police should be investigating the conservative commentator for a remark Dr David Starkey made during an interview, the former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) said that when the line was crossed there should be “involvement” and “in some cases prosecutions” He made the comments just hours after one of his predecessors as DPP, Lord Macdonald of River Glaven, said that the investigation looked like a “political stunt” which was “sinister and foolish”. The comments put Mr Starmer at odds with figures from across the political divide who have warned of the impact that the investigation could have on freedom of speech, which Home Secretary Priti Patel said it was “important” that the law protects. Mr Grimes is due to attend an interview under caution with the Metropolitan Police on Friday. The 27-year-old is accused of a public order offence of stirring up racial hatred by broadcasting the interview on his Reasoned UK YouTube channel on June 30. Dr Starkey, who has since lost all of his positions in public life, said that slavery was not a genocide as there are so many “damn blacks”.

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