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Report: UK pol head-butts rival in bar

Eric Joyce was arrested after a late-night disturbance at a bar.

LONDON – A member of parliament has been suspended by the Labour Party after he was arrested for allegedly punching and head-butting a rival politician during a disturbance at a bar in the House of Commons, British media reported.

Eric Joyce, 51, was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of assault in the Strangers Bar, which is reserved for MPs and their guests, the BBC reported.

Media reports said Stuart Andrew, a lawmaker from the ruling Conservative Party, claimed he was punched and head-butted during the fracas.


Scotland Yard confirmed that police had arrested a man in his 50s following a disturbance at the bar.

"This is an extremely serious incident. We have suspended Eric Joyce pending the results of the police investigation," a Labour Party spokesman said.

Andrew, MP for Pudsey, a town in West Yorkshire, responded to concerns about his welfare by tweeting: "I'm ok."

Joyce remains an MP but cannot take the Labour whip in the Commons until the completion of a police investigation, according to the BBC.

Joyce, a former soldier, has been the member of parliament for Falkirk in Scotland since 2000, according to media reports.

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