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British lawmaker released after second bar brawl

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A British lawmaker, suspended from the opposition Labour Party for fighting in a House of Commons bar, was released Friday following an alleged brawl in another parliamentary watering hole.

Eric Joyce, 52 -- the member of parliament for Falkirk in Scotland, who now sits as an independent -- told reporters he had not been charged but had no other comment to make as he left a London police station.

"A man aged in his 50s, arrested on Thursday on suspicion of assault in connection with a disturbance in a bar within the House of Commons, has been bailed to return to a central London police station on a date in late March," London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

"He was further arrested while in custody on suspicion of actual bodily harm."

The Met Police confirmed they were called shortly before 10:30pm (2230 GMT) Thursday to deal with reports of a disturbance at the Sports and Social Club bar.

A House of Commons spokesman said: "Given the member for Falkirk has previously been found guilty of an alcohol-related incident on the parliamentary estate... (he) will be prohibited from purchasing and being served alcoholic beverages from all parliamentary facilities.

"This ban will be indefinite subject to the outcome of police investigations."

Joyce was convicted of four counts of assault and given 12 months' community service after headbutting Conservative MP Stuart Andrew, hitting two Conservative councillors and striking Labour MP Phil Wilson last year.

The former soldier has already said he will stand down at the next general election in 2015.

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