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House of Lords to investigate Parliament roof protest

The House of Lords will investigate how three protesters were able to get around parliamentary security to protest during the visit of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a spokesman said.

Three protesters were detained at 12 noon today by parliamentary security staff while trying to access non-public rooms in Parliament.

They attempted to protest during the prime minister of Canada's visit to Parliament.

The business of Parliament was unaffected. A full investigation is under way.

– House of Lords' spokesman.

'Tar sands' activists arrested for scaling Parliament roof

Activists demonstrating during Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper's visit to Parliament have been arrested.

Scotland Yard said three people were arrested after a protest at the Sovereign's Entrance.

Environmental campaigners against "tar sands", a form of fuel which produces more emissions than conventional oil, have posted a video showing them on the roof of Parliament, with a statement saying they wanted to disrupt the premier's address to MPs and peers.

We have entered Parliament to interrupt Harper's speech. We have managed to climb onto the roof with t-shirts saying 'oil out of politics', 'stop Harper' and 'stop the tar sands'. Two campaigners have spilled molasses on the floor outside of Parliament.

– The "Love Canada Hate Tar Sands" website.

Shortly before Mr Harper's speech the doors slammed shut on the robing room, where the Queen puts on the Imperial State Crown and her ceremonial robes for the state opening of Parliament, and shouting was heard.

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Thatcher's coffin lies in Parliament chapel before service

Baroness Thatcher's coffin lies in a chapel in Parliament, draped in the Union flag with a message saying 'Beloved Mother - Always in our Heart'.

Baroness Thatcher's coffin lies in a chapel in the Palace of Westminster. Credit: Leon Neal/PA Wire
There will be a service for MPs, peers and parliamentary staff before her funeral.
A message that reads 'Beloved Mother - Always in our Hearts' is on top of the coffin.
Her body will rest in the chapel until her funeral tomorrow.

Big Ben bells last silenced for Churchill's funeral

Commons speaker John Bercow has announced that the bells of Big Ben and the Great Clock at Westminster are to be silenced during the funeral of Baroness Thatcher on Wednesday.

The bells of Big Ben are to be silenced during the funeral of Baroness Thatcher. Credit: Press Association

The House of Commons authorities has said the last time the bells were silenced were for Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965, except in the 1970s when they broke down.

Eric Joyce involved in 'margins of the fracas'

What I said in the very first instance when I put a small, or probably too large release out over the internet, it turned out to be essentially the truth and the fact is there's no further action.

I don't feel particularly joyous about that. I was involved in the margins of the fracas and clearly it was the first time I had been back in a bar for over a year.

That was a shame. But the fact is the police have looked at it now for two weeks and there is to be no further action.

– Eric Joyce, SPEAKING TO SKY NEWS

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'Insufficient evidence' Eric Joyce committed an offence

The Crown Prosecution Service has said there was "insufficient evidence" that Eric Joyce MP had committed an offence after he was arrested on suspicion of assault and ABH following an incident outside a bar in the House of Commons.

Although there appears to have been an incident on the evening in question, evidence obtained from witnesses contained multiple inconsistencies and there is insufficient evidence that Mr Joyce committed any offence.

On this basis, we have concluded there is insufficient evidence to support a realistic prospect of conviction and that no further action should be taken.

– A CPS spokesperson

Eric Joyce hits back at 'alcoholic' claims in website post

The MP arrested after an alleged brawl in a parliamentary bar denied he was drunk at the time and hit out at claims he was an alcoholic.

In a posting on his website, Eric Joyce insisted he had consumed "by any standards a very modest amount" and criticised a decision by officials to bar him from drinking at Parliament.

And, amid calls for him to quit after the second such incident in recent years, he defended his "diligence" as the independent constituency MP for Falkirk.

Eric Joyce. Credit: Press Association

Mr Joyce resigned from the Labour Party last year after being fined and handed a three-month pub and bar ban for punching and head-butting fellow MPs.

He was arrested on suspicion of assault on Thursday after an altercation at the Sports and Social Club apparently over taking a glass out to a smoking area.

The former soldier was released on bail yesterday.

The MP said he was limited in his responses to reports about him as he wanted to "respect the police inquiry".

But in a series of points he sought to correct what he said were false reports about his health and general behaviour.

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