Eric Joyce, the Falkirk MP arrested after a second fight in one of the House of Commons bars, is barred from buying alcohol across all parliamentary premises.

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Joyce, a former army major, is said to have been arrested on Thursday night in the Sports and Social Club bar after police were called just after 10.30pm about a fight.

The Metropolitan Police said officers had been called in and the arrested man “remains in custody and inquiries continue”.

Joyce, an independent MP for Falkirk, was last year convicted of assault in the Strangers’ Bar last year, and later resigned from the Labour Party. He spoke to Channel 4 News after that event in which he is understood to have head-butted MP Stuart Andrew and punched a number of Tory politicians.

A House of Commons spokesperson 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.”

‘Disturbance’

Details of this latest incident are still emerging. In a statement last night, a police spokesperson said: “Police were called shortly before 10.30pm this evening to reports of a disturbance at a bar within the House of Commons.

“Officers attended and a man aged in his 50s was arrested in connection with this incident. He remains in custody and inquiries continue.”

The Sports and Social Club is open to staff permanently employed within the Palace of Westminster on payment of a small subscription. It is understood to have been hosting a regular karaoke night at the time of the incident.

Below is a photograph purportedly taken on a mobile phone minutes after last night’s altercation.

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‘Personal issues’

Following the incident in February last year, Joyce announced he would not seek re-election in 2015. After admitting four counts of assault, he was given a 12-month community order that included a three-month pub ban. He was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £1,400 in compensation to his victims.

Offering an apology in the Commons over the incident, he said: “Clearly I have a number of personal issues to address, and you can be assured that this will take place.”

He spoke to Channel 4 News after that incident a year ago. See the footage of that interview here.

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