TORY politicians from South Essex were caught up in a violent brawl in a House of Commons bar.

Basildon councillor Luke MacKenzie is alleged to have been punched in the face while Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price stepped in to help break up the fracas.

Trouble broke out in the bar at 11pm on Wednesday when Labour MP Eric Joyce is alleged to have attacked several people.

Mr Joyce has been arrested and remains in police custody.