- Eric Joyce allegedly attacked Tory MP Stuart Andrew in the Strangers Bar
- The MP for Falkirk was arrested after the late night incident
- Police confirm a man remains in custody today
A Labour MP has been suspended from the party after was arrested following an alleged brawl in a House of Commons bar last night.
Eric Joyce is said to have punched several Tory MPs in the fracas just before 11pm last night. It is reported he also hit a Labour MP.
Stuart Andrew, MP for Pudsey, was reportedly headbutted and punched in the Strangers Bar, a Commons bar reserved for MPs and their guests.
An eyewitness told the Politics Home website that Mr Joyce, a former Army officer who represents Falkirk, pushed a Tory MP and then started punching other Conservative members seated at the back of the bar. Drinks were also allegedly thrown over some bar patrons.
The MP has now been suspended from the Labour Party until the completion of a police investigation into an alleged assault, a party spokesman said this morning.
It is reported on the website Mr Joyce, 51, complained the bar, popular with MPs from both parties, was ‘full of Tories’.
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