Saturday 19 October 2019

Senior Tory MP kicked out of party conference after 'clash with security'

Undated official UK Parliament file photograph of Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP. Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament/Att/PA Wire
Undated official UK Parliament file photograph of Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP. Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament/Att/PA Wire
Police arrive at the Conservative Party Conference after a "small misunderstanding" when an attendee, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP for The Cotswolds, tried to enter the International Lounge at the Manchester Convention Centre without the relevant pass, triggering a lockdown. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Andrew Rosindell MP talks to the press near the International Lounge at the Conservative Party conference, after incident involving MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown at the Manchester Convention Centre. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Police arrive at the Conservative Party Conference after a "small misunderstanding" when an attendee, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP for The Cotswolds, tried to enter the International Lounge at the Manchester Convention Centre without the relevant pass, triggering a lockdown. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Police arrive at the Conservative Party Conference after a "small misunderstanding" when an attendee, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP for The Cotswolds, tried to enter the International Lounge at the Manchester Convention Centre without the relevant pass, triggering a lockdown. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Police arrive at the Conservative Party Conference after a "small misunderstanding" when an attendee, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP for The Cotswolds, tried to enter the International Lounge at the Manchester Convention Centre without the relevant pass, triggering a lockdown. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Access to The International Lounge was temporarily restricted at the Conservative Party Conference after a "small misunderstanding" when an attendee, believed to be Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP for The Cotswolds, tried to enter the Lounge at the Manchester Convention Centre without the relevant pass, triggering a lockdown. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Police attend the Conservative Party Conference after a "small misunderstanding" when an attendee, believed to be Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP for The Cotswolds, tried to enter the International Lounge at the Manchester Convention Centre without the relevant pass, triggering a lockdown. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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A senior Tory MP has been kicked out of his party's conference after he was involved in a "totally unacceptable" incident involving a clash with security, a Conservative spokesman said.

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown had attempted to bring his fiancee, who did not have the relevant pass, into the International Lounge at the Manchester event when he was stopped by a member of staff.

The Cotswolds MP is understood to have remonstrated with the member of staff, at which point security personnel intervened.

A Conservative 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.

Andrew Rosindell MP talks to the press near the International Lounge at the Conservative Party conference, after incident involving MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown at the Manchester Convention Centre. Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Andrew Rosindell MP talks to the press near the International Lounge at the Conservative Party conference, after incident involving MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown at the Manchester Convention Centre. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

"We will always adopt a zero tolerance approach to any inappropriate behaviour towards our hardworking staff."

Sir Geoffrey told the PA news agency: "I've got nothing further to say about it. I don't want to comment on it, really."

Police arrive at the Conservative Party Conference after a
Police arrive at the Conservative Party Conference after a "small misunderstanding" when an attendee, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP for The Cotswolds, tried to enter the International Lounge at the Manchester Convention Centre without the relevant pass, triggering a lockdown. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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.

Access to The International Lounge was temporarily restricted at the Conservative Party Conference after a
Access to The International Lounge was temporarily restricted at the Conservative Party Conference after a "small misunderstanding" when an attendee, believed to be Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP for The Cotswolds, tried to enter the Lounge at the Manchester Convention Centre without the relevant pass, triggering a lockdown. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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."

Police attend the Conservative Party Conference after a
Police attend the Conservative Party Conference after a "small misunderstanding" when an attendee, believed to be Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, MP for The Cotswolds, tried to enter the International Lounge at the Manchester Convention Centre without the relevant pass, triggering a lockdown. Danny Lawson/PA Wire

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