PARLIAMENT’S most notorious bar has been shut down after a House of Commons employee was glassed in the face.
The victim, 64, is said to have been attacked by a colleague during a brawl that spilled into the street.
The ugly scenes at the sports and social club bar came as MPs in the chamber were winding up a debate on Universal Credit.
A 57-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray and causing grievous bodily harm, while the victimwas taken to hospital. The heavily subsidised bar, popular with MPs and young researchers, was already under investigation amid the sleaze scandal sweeping Westminster.
A House of Lords spokesman said of the glassing on Tuesday night: ‘Following an incident involving two parliamentary staff, after leaving the bar, an investigation is under way and it will be temporarily closed until that investigation is complete.’
The sports and social — which can open around the clock — is near the bins in the basement of parliament. Labour MP Chi Onwurah has made a complaint about young researchers being sexually harassed there by MPs.
And former barmaid Alice Bailey said last month that 30 MPs had asked her for sex there in four years.
On her first shift, an SNP member pestered her for two hours, she said, adding: ‘They were such creeps. They were nearly all married and at least twice my age.’
In 2013, MP Eric Joyce wrestled with police as he was arrested after a disturbance at the bar.