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Labour launches inquiry into Paul Farrelly fracas allegations

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 18/11/2017 By Telegraph Reporters

Paul Farrelly © PA Paul Farrelly Labour has launched an investigation into an MP who was allegedly involved in a fracas with a colleague in the voting lobby of the House of Commons after a late night Brexit debate.

Paul Farrelly denies allegations in the Mail on Sunday 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 concluded around 11pm.

Mr Farrelly told the newspaper: "I deny it.

"I don't even know who James Frith is."

Paul Farrelly denies allegations in the Mail on Sunday 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.  Credit: PA

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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 Newcastle-under-Lyme.

"The fact is that the new MPs for Stoke North and Stoke Central are rather different to the colleagues I have (previously) had in the Potteries.

"The fact we don't get on is an open secret."

The Labour spokeswoman said: "A number of complaints have been made to the chief whip with regard to the behaviour of a Labour MP.

"These are being investigated in line with the standing orders of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

"It would therefore be inappropriate to comment further on this matter."

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