Labour MP denies late night fracas allegations

Posted on Nov 20 2017 - 4:38pm by admin

Paul Farrelly denies allegations that he was involved in an altercation with fellow Labour MP James Frith after confronting two other colleagues – Ruth Smeeth and Gareth Snell – in a Commons bar.

But a Labour spokeswoman said a number of complaints had been made to the party’s chief whip Nick Brown and Mr Farrelly is now being investigated.

The events are alleged to have taken place after a long debate on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill which ended at around 11pm.

Mr Farrelly said: “I deny it. I don’t even know who James Frith is.”

Responding to allegations he launched a four-letter outburst at Mr Frith, he said: “That’s not something I would say. That’s absolute nonsense.”

He also said he does not get on with Ms Smeeth and Mr Snell, whose Stoke constituencies border his in Newcastleunder-Lyme.

He added: “The fact we don’t get on is an open secret.”

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