Tired and Emotional MP gets into brawl at HoC Bar

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  1. BBC News - 'MP held over Houses of Parliament bar assault'

    A man, understood to be Labour MP Eric Joyce, has been arrested on suspicion of assault following a disturbance at the Houses of Parliament.

    Police said officers had detained a man in his 50s after being called to reports of an incident at a House of Commons bar at about 22:50 GMT.

    The man is currently being held in custody at a central London police station. It is not known how many people were involved in the incident.

    Mr Joyce is the MP for Falkirk.

    He was elected in December 2000 and has served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to a number of government ministers since 2003.

    He was PPS to the then Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth until 2009, and prior to that had been a parliamentary aide to John Hutton, Mike O'Brien and Margaret Hodge.

    A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "We were called at approximately 10.50pm last night [Wednesday] to reports of a disturbance at a bar within the House of Commons.

    "A man aged in his 50s was arrested by officers on suspicion of assault. He remains in custody in a central London police station. Inquiries are continuing."
  2. A scotsman...fighting?...well I never ;)
  3. Incredible isn't it?
  4. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    I'm sure it's one of the factors that the Prime Minister wil be tackling as part of his crusade againsty "Booze Britannia"
    After all one of the things he is tackling is the cheap booze available yet operating just yards from him is the countries most heavilly subsidised bar.
    Perhaps Eric was drinking Whisky at £2.55 a go or Stella at £2.95 a pint most reasonable for London.
    But I'm sure the taxpayers subsidy of £5.8 Million in 2011 helped
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  5. This may be a harsh assumption but I suspect alcohol might have been involved.
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  6. What, Eric 'Ah'm no blowin' intae yer wee drinkie machine ye poliss bastard' Joyce? Crivens!
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  7. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    A Labour MP was arrested last night after an alleged brawl in a House of Commons bar.
    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 Stranger's 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.

    It is reported on the website Mr Joyce, 51, complained the bar, popular with MPs from both parties, was 'full of Tories'.
    Mr Joyce was held at a central London police station on suspicion of assault. Scotland Yard confirmed officers detained a man in his 50s after being called to reports of an incident at a bar within the House of Commons at around 10.50pm last night.
    A Met spokesman said: 'We were called at about 10.50pm yesterday to a disturbance at a bar at the House of Commons. A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault.'
    Mr Joyce, MP for Falkirk since December 2000, served in the Army Education Corps before pursuing a career in politics.

    In 2010 he resigned as shadow Northern Ireland minister after pleading guilty to failing to provide a breath test.
    He lost his licence for a year and was fined £400.
    From 2003 Mr Joyce served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to a number of government ministers.
    Pictured in 2010 after returning home from a police cell when he failed a provide a breath test
    He quit as the PPS to then defence secretary Bob Ainsworth in 2009 due to concerns over the war in Afghanistan.
    He also served as a parliamentary aide to John Hutton – when he was defence secretary – Mike O'Brien and Margaret Hodge.
    According to his constituency webpage, Mr Joyce has an office in Denny and an office in Portcullis House, Westminster.
    During his time in Westminster he has held an interest in defence and military issues due to his army background, the website adds.
    Mr Joyce set an extraordinary record by claiming more than £200,000 expenses in a single year in 2010.
    He billed the taxpayer a staggering £200,986, despite having previously pledged to curb his spending.
    Nicknamed 'Airmiles Eric', Mr Joyce clocked up £45,411 in travel costs. The figure is equal to nearly £1,600 for every week Parliament sits.

    Read more: Labour MP arrested after bar brawl inside House of Commons | Mail Online
  8. This is the same chippy tosser who was ordered to resign his commission in March 1999 for writing a very slanted piece about the army describing it as racist, snobbish and class-ridden,whilst serving in the Army Education Corps and reaching the dizzy heights of Major. He was discharged using the administrative procedure designed to move an officer prematurely from his post or end his service.

    Major Joyce's pamphlet for the Fabian Society described an army riddled with class and racial prejudice. Although he worked his way up from private with the Black Watch regiment to major in the Adjutant-General's Office, he says the hierarchy of the army is obsessed with the notion of an officer class. (Who knew Eric as a Private in the Black Watch?)

    Indeed a person who puts new meaning to the parliamentry phrase "going through on the nod".

    Frankly if they lose him forever it would be too soon.
  9. Of course,Scotch independance will put a stop to this sort of thing.
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  10. It's just a bit of high spirits. So he punched some MP's, there are quite a few I'd like to punch.
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  11. Pyianno, I'm just wondering why you chose to title the thread 'Tired and Emotional...'. It doesn't mention that Eric was tired, although allegedly punching several people would indicate he was probably emotional. Would it not have been better writing 'Drunk and Emotional....'?
  12. Eric never needed to be drunk to fight.
  13. Linky
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  14. Seen. Well every day is a school day.
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  15. What I find shocking is that it took until 10:50 for an ex Black Watch private to get into a fight.

    Last time I was in a pub with members of the Black Watch one of them walked in, up to the bar, reached over and laid out the barman because he had a Hearts top on....all in about 30 seconds flat!
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