31/03/2009

CS Gas Used During House Of Commons 'Row'

Police were forced to use CS spray after two men were involved in a row at a House of Commons reception.

The two guests of Eric Pickles, the Conservative Party Chairman, was last night sprayed with the gas by a policeman in the House of Commons after fighting just yards from debating MPs.

It is understood the pair, identified by Tory sources as journalists, had left the event but continued arguing and were stopped in the corridor by a police officer.

One of the men was aggressive and the officer was subsequently forced to use the spray on him.

He was arrested and taken to a nearby police station for questioning.

A Conservative source said that those involved in the squabble had attended a reception hosted by Mr Pickles, however, they were not linked to the party.

It is understood party officials were escorting guests without Westminster security passes to and from exits to the building during the reception.

The incident took place in the corridor behind the speaker's chair, at the same time MPs were debating Africa.

Sources added parliamentary sittings were not disrupted.

(JM/BMcC)

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