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Local MP Neil Coyle barred from Westminster bar for potty-mouthed rant

Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, has been barred from a Westminister bar following an alleged swearing fit at a colleague. 

Mr Coyle was accused of shouting “f*ck you” at a Labour aide in Parliament’s Stranger’s Bar late last week after they claimed Brexit had not been a disaster for the UK. 

When a Tory MP tried to intervene, Mr Coyle allegedly replied: “F**k off and lose some weight.” 

In response to the allegations, Mr Coyle said he was “not allowed to talk” about the incident, as it is currently subject to an investigation.  

He has been temporarily suspended from all bars in the House of Commons and the Lords, pending the result of the inquiry. 

The aide reportedly said Labour could have been spared its disastrous 2019 election defeat if the party had taken a different approach to Brexit.

Mr Coyle then allegedly startled everyone in the bar by yelling: “F**k you! What are the benefits of Brexit?”

He was also said to have shouted: “Are you f**king insane?”

The row erupted on the very first day of the reopening of Strangers’ – Westminster’s famous Thames-side watering hole – for MPs and staffers after it was closed during the Covid pandemic.

Just 24 hours later, Mr Coyle – MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark since 2015 – was apparently embroiled in another argument in the same bar.

Mr Coyle has been a staunch critic of Brexit and in 2020 was forced to apologise for a now-deleted tweet. 

It effectively branded Tory Brexiteers “fat old racists” and “absolute sh**bag racist w*****s.”

He had launched the tirade after wading into the row over the BBC’s plan to play only instrumental versions of Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory, and omit the lyrics, at the Last Night Of The Proms. 

Mr Coyle later apologised, saying his tweet “fell below standards I set myself as well as those expected of me by constituents and Keir Starmer’s Labour Party.”

A Labour spokesperson said that the party “expects the highest standards of behaviour from all of our MPs and takes any allegations of this nature very seriously.”

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  1. How can you say that you’re “not allowed to talk” about the incident, as it is currently subject to an investigation when you have constantly demanded the Prime Minister should address accusations which were currently subject to an investigation?

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