Arguments nearly over as MPs agree to an Election

AFTER weeks of petty squabbling and political deadlock over Brexit in Parliament, it ceased on Tuesday with an overwhelming vote to return to the ballot box for a General Election on 12th December.

Ministers in the House of Commons triggered a public vote, after weeks of political deadlock,

in favour 438 to 20 against, a majority of 418.

Meanwhile, Home Secretary Priti Patel’s Chief of Staff was escorted from a House of Commons bar that evening by armed police, who were called, shortly before 7pm.

James Starkie, a senior, special advisor at the Home Office, was seen in Strangers’ Bar in Parliament during the afternoon, while MPs were debating whether to call an Election.

Shortly before 7pm, he was asked to leave by officers, who had been called to the bar. Witnesses said an MP had accused Mr Starkie of using abusive language to other customers, and towards members of the bar staff.

They also said he appeared to punch the door frame on his way out of the bar, but No.10 declined to comment on his behaviour. Mr Starkie works at the Home Office, which is responsible for law and order, as well as domestic security, and other onlookers said he apologised for his behaviour as he was escorted out.

A House of Commons spokesperson said: “We can confirm there was an incident with an individual in Strangers Bar. The individual was asked to leave, and was escorted from the estate by Parliamentary Security”

At a Tory Conference earlier this month, Ms Patel said: “The Conservative Party takes its rightful place as the Party of Law and Order in Britain once again.

“We stand with the brave men and women of our police and security services, and we stand against the criminals.”

Strangers Bar, one floor down from the Commons chamber, is open any time the House is sitting. It offers reduced-rate booze to MPs and their guests, as well as views of the London Eye and the River Thames.


Tory Home Secretary Priti Patel



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