MP ‘tried to keep peace’

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SEDGEFIELD Labour MP Phil Wilson was today back on constituency business after a dramatic incident in Parliament.

He has given a statement to police about an alleged fracas in a House of Commons bar between two other politicians.

The Labour Whip is understood to have been acting as a peacemaker.

TV reports said the politician was left “covered in blood” and while he would not elaborate on the reports he confirmed to the Mail through his agent, Paul Trippett, that he had given a statement to police.

Mr Trippett said: “Mr Wilson has made a full statement to the police.”

Labour MP Eric Joyce has since been charged with assault following the alleged late-night fracas in which a Tory rival was allegedly head-butted.

The former soldier, 51, was arrested on Wednesday amid claims Conservative Stuart Andrew had been attacked shortly before closing in the Strangers Bar, Parliament’s pub for MPs.

Joyce, who has been suspended from the Labour party in the wake of the incident, was released on police bail last night after spending around 24 hours in custody.

Scotland Yard later confirmed the politician had been charged with three counts of common assault and will appear on bail at West London Magistrates’ Court next month.

Joyce, the MP for Falkirk, was seen being driven away from the rear of Belgravia Police Station in central London in a car at around 11.20pm following his release.