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MP banned from buying alcohol on Parliamentary estate indefinitely

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.

– House of Commons spokesman

Eric Joyce 'surrounded by police after altercation'

A photograph appearing to show MP Eric Joyce being surrounded by police following an alleged late-night brawl at a bar in the House of Commons.

He was arrested after the incident at the Sports and Social Club bar.

Tony Grew, from the PoliticsHome website, witnessed the altercation which he said happened during a karaoke night in the bar, which was packed with about 150 people.

He said Mr Joyce entered the room "obviously agitated" and pushed his way forward to the bar.

When he followed him out of the bar he saw Mr Joyce on the ground "wrestling with two police officers".

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MP's constituents want him to resign after arrest

There does not appear to be much support for Eric Joyce in his constituency of Falkirk. ITV News' Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward spoke to constituents in Denny and many want to see him resign.

One woman said the town is in a bad way and in need of regeneration and he should be dealing with that, while another said he should "do the decent thing" and step down.

Eyewitness: Joyce 'had officer in arm lock'

PoliticsHome.com parliamentary editor Tony Grew witnessed Eric Joyce's arrest.

He he was at Parliament's sports and social bar for a karaoke night - mostly populated by young aides and researchers - when he saw Mr Joyce enter the bar "obviously agitated."

Mr Grew said he then followed the MP outside but by the time he was out of the bar, he saw Joyce "wrestling with two police officers" and "he had one of the officers in an arm lock".

"I can vividly remember a policeman's hat rolling on the ground towards me as I was watching," he added.

After Joyce was handcuffed, he then saw the MP "on a bench, being held down by three or four police officers - he was still struggling."

He was then taken away in a police van.

Grew said he spoke to others in the bar who suggested the altercation may have arisen because a member of bar staff had told Mr Joyce that he couldn't take his glass into the outside smoking area.

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