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MP Neil Coyle to be suspended over drunken abuse

Neil Coyle (Jonathan Brady/PA)
Sam Blewett, PA Deputy Political Editor

MP Neil Coyle has been recommended for a five-day suspension for drunkenly abusing two people in a Commons bar, using “abusive language with racial overtones” on one occasion.

The Independent Expert Panel found he breached Parliament's bullying and harassment policy in a report published on Friday over two incidents.

One was the “foul-mouthed and drunken abuse” of another MP's assistant and the other was the abuse of political journalist Henry Dyer.

Both incidents investigated under Parliament's Independent Complaints and Grievance Scheme (ICGS) occurred in the Strangers' Bar in the Commons.

The report said Mr Coyle, who has spoken about quitting alcohol for a year, accepts he was “drunk” on both occasions.

The independent MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark “was found to have used abusive language with racial overtones” towards Mr Dyer.

The journalist, who now works for the Guardian, said: “Everyone working in Parliament should be able to do so without harassment and abuse.

“I spoke out to raise awareness of racism, particularly anti-Asian racism, and of inappropriate conduct.

“I am grateful to the ICGS for the way in which they have handled this matter, and to my colleagues and friends for their support and kindness. I am pleased this process has concluded and I can get on with my work as a journalist reporting on Westminster.”



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