Commons staff set the standards for others to follow as Theresa May promises crackdown on heavy drinking culture.
House of Commons worker, 57, is arrested after another staff member, 64, is ‘glassed in the face during a brawl in Parliamentary bar’
Two parliamentary staffers reportedly had a brawl outside Sports and Social bar
A man, 57, reportedly arrested by police for GBH and affray after the fight
Another man, 64, taken to hospital after he was allegedly glassed in the face
By Kate Ferguson, Political Correspondent For Mailonline
Published: 16:36, 6 December 2017 | Updated: 18:13, 6 December 2017
A House of Commons worker has been arrested for reportedly glassing another staffer in the face during a brawl outside a Parliamentary bar last night.
The fight between two parliamentary employees erupted outside the Sports and Social Bar in the heart of the Westminster estate at 6.30pm last night.
A man, 57, was arrested for GBH and affray while another man, 64, was rushed to hospital, while the bar has been closed while an investigation is carried out.
A man who was drinking in the bar last night said the fight broke out after one of the men started trying to provoke the other drinker as he sat at the bar with a magnifying class.
Lib Dem activist Greg Stone said on Twitter: 'I was in the Sports and Social at time of reported “brawl”.
'Quiet bloke about 60 was quietly reading paper at the bar with magnifying glass. Another middle aged bloke seemed to be trying to provoke him.
'Minor handbags ensued then both went outside. Police arrived. The end.'
The Sports and Social bar (pictured) has been shut down as police investigate the brawl, which left one man hospitalised and another in a prison station
The fight between two parliamentary staffers erupted at 6.30pm last night outside the Sports and Social Bar in the heart of the Westminster estate
One report said the victim was an editor with Hansard - the official parliamentary scribes who report on proceedings in Parliament - but this was strongly denied by another Hansard employee.
A House of Lords spokesman said: 'Following an incident on the Parliamentary Estate last night involving two parliamentary staff, after leaving the Sports & Social Club Bar, an investigation is under way and the Bar will be temporarily closed until that investigation is complete.'
Scotland Yard said: 'Police were called at 18:30hrs on Tuesday, 5 December, to a courtyard within the House of Commons to reports of an altercation between two men.
'Police attended. A 57-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and affray and taken to a central London police station.
'A second man, aged 64, was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service for treatment to non life-threatening injuries.
An eyewitness said the fight broke out after a middle aged man provoked a man who was sat at the bar with a magnifying glass
'No other persons were involved. Officers from Westminster investigate. Enquiries continue.'
The bar, which is just around the corner form the House of Commons Chamber, is a favourite with young parliamentary researchers as well as MPs.
The pub is an infamous drinking den which hosts darts and pool competitions which have made it a favourite with younger researchers.
It is not the first time that the bar has hit the headlines after violence erupted within its walls.
In March 2013 then Labour MP for Falkirk Eric Joyce started throwing punches during a karaoke night at the bar.
Alice Bailey, 25, who worked for almost four years at the Sports and Social Bar, said she was hounded for sex by up to 30 politicians
He was eventually wrestled to the ground and spent the night in a prison cell following the drunken brawl.
For years it was a private members club for anyone who works on the estate which meant it used to run itself and was exempt form parliamentary management.
It is the only bar in the Palace of Westminster where all staff can go and drink without needing to be accompanied by an MP.
But questions have been raised about its future ever since the sex harassment scandal hit Westminster a few weeks ago.
There were reports that boozed-up MPs made unwanted passes at female workers pulling pints behind the bar.
Theresa May had promised to crack down on the heavy drinking culture in Westminster after sex harassment claims
Former Labour MP, pictured in 2012 outside court where he was convicted of assaulting politicians in a parliamentary bar. He was repeatedly hauled before magistrates for drunken bar brawls in Westminster's bars during his time as a politician
Alice Bailey, 25, who worked for almost four years at the Sports and Social Bar, said she was hounded for sex by up to 30 politicians.
Miss Bailey, who was 19 when she started working there, said MPs 'fancied their chances' because they thought she was a 'young barmaid' while they were powerful.
She said she was regularly pestered for sex and that one Labour MP followed her home after a boozy night in the bar and even groped her on a bus.
Theresa May has vowed to crack down on the culture of sex harassment and abuse which is said to lurk in the estate's late-night bars.
And there were rumours that the bar could be shut down as parliamentary authorities scrambled to show they are getting a grip on the heavy drinking culture there.
"Theresa May promises a crackdown"? Do us a favour. She's all mouth and trousers. No authority in her party, a laughing-stock in Europe, pissed on by Mr President, her "right-hand man" Damian Green spending his days wanking in his office......etc, etc.