Cotswold MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has been asked to leave the Conservative Party conference after police were called to a “totally unacceptable” row.
The Conservative MP was sent home from the event in Manchester after an altercation broke out when he tried to bring a guest into the international lounge without the correct pass.
The lounge has restricted access and the spat, which took place at the lounge entrance, resulted in the area being placed on lockdown for around 20 minutes.
Sir Geoffrey could now face further action from the Conservative Party after today’s incident.
A Conservative party spokesman said: “The incident was totally unacceptable.
“Geoffrey has been asked to leave conference and we are establishing all of the facts to see if further action is necessary.
“We will always adopt a zero tolerance approach to any inappropriate behaviour towards our hardworking staff.”
The incident came on the conference’s ‘law and order’ day.
Shortly after the incident, Priti Patel told delegates: “Today, here in Manchester, the Conservative Party takes its rightful place as the party of law and order in Britain once again”
The Cotswolds MP told the PA news agency: “I’ve got nothing further to say about it. I don’t want to comment on it, really.”
A staff member guarding the door of the International Lounge said the incident was sparked by a disagreement.
“It was a small misunderstanding,” the man said.
Greater Manchester Police said in statement: “At around 1.45pm on Tuesday 1 October 2019, an attendee to the Conservative Party Conference attempted to enter the International Lounge area of the conference without the relevant pass.
“Security staff intervened and resolved the situation without any breach of security occurring.”