House of Commons speaker John Bercow invoked a controversial loophole in the Freedom of Information Act to censor documents that could expose excessive drinking by British leaders on the taxpayer’s pound.
Submitted by the Press Association, the FOI request wanted evidence or reports on “the provision and consumption of alcohol on the parliamentary estate, and related health effects” following a series of high-profile incidents involving heavy drinking and violence among members of parliament.
Former Labour MP Eric Joyce was convicted of assault for a 2012 brawl at the Strangers’ Bar when he headbutted Conservative MP Stuart Andrew and hit Labour whip Phil Wilson as well as Tory councillors Luke Mackenzie and Ben Maney.
Former UKIP and Tory MP Mark Reckless confessed to missing a late-night parliamentary vote in 2010 because he was too drunk
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