Britain's Houses of Parliament are home to no fewer than nine bars in which thirsty lawmakers and staffers can enjoy subsidized booze, and Labour MP Eric Joyce apparently had a few too many in one of them on Wednesday night. The Scotsman has been charged with three counts of assault and suspended from his party after allegedly starting a brawl with Conservative MPs in a parliamentary pub, the Telegraph reports.
Witnesses said the 51-year-old former Army major shouted there were "too many f***ing Tories" in the bar before starting the fracas, in which at least four MPs were injured, including one Tory who was left with a concussion after allegedly being headbutted twice. "It was horrific and shocking," one witness tells the Daily Mail. "There were tables overturned and drinks smashed everywhere." Police were called and witnesses said it took five officers to haul Joyce away. The next morning, the speaker sternly warned MPs not to discuss the matter.