Eric Joyce released on police bail

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Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has been released from police bail after being arrested on Thursday night after a fracas in a bar in the Houses of Parliament.

According to reports Mr Joyce became involved in a dispute with bar staff when he was prevented from taking his glass to the smoking area.  Police were called, and it is alleged Mr Joyce got into a fight with two officers, wrestling them to the ground.

After spending a night in police cells at Belgravia police station in London, Mr Joyce was interviewed by officers investigating the incident, and was released on bail around 7pm on Friday evening.

While in custody he was re-arrested on suspicion of committing actual bodily harm.  Police have released no further details of this later arrest.

Mr Joyce has now reportedly been barred from buying or consuming alcohol in any of the bars in the Palace of Westminster.

A spokesman for the House of Commons said:

“The Serjeant at Arms has confirmed that yesterday evening the Member for Falkirk was detained following a disturbance on the Parliamentary Estate.

“The House authorities take their responsibility for the welfare of those who work in and visit the Commons estate very seriously. The authorities promote responsible alcohol use and have policies in place to encourage staff and Members to consume alcohol accordingly. Alcohol-related incidents on the Estate are rare, and the serious incident last night was counter to the policies in place.

“Given the Member for Falkirk has previously been found guilty of an alcohol-related incident on the Parliamentary Estate, the Speakers and House authorities have agreed that with immediate effect the Member for Falkirk will be prohibited from purchasing and being served alcoholic beverages from all Parliamentary facilities. This ban will be indefinite subject to the outcome of police investigations.”

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police spokesman said:

“A man aged in his 50s, arrested on Thursday 14 March on suspicion of assault in connection with a disturbance in a bar within the House of Commons, has been bailed to return to a central London police station on a date in late March. He was further arrested while in custody on suspicion of actual bodily harm.”