SCOTTISH Labour MP George Foulkes was arrested near the Palace of

Westminster last night for allegedly assaulting a police officer and

being drunk and disorderly.

He was taken to Charing Cross police station.

Mr Foulkes later left the police station at 1.50am in the back of a

Ford Granada. Two men in the car had arrived at the station 20 minutes


Scotland Yard said that Mr Foulkes had been released without charge on

police bail, pending further inquiries.

A police spokesman said earlier a 51-year-old man was arrested at

9.20pm at Millbank after an alleged assault on a police officer and for

allegedly being drunk and disorderly.

Mr Foulkes, 51, the MP for Carrick, Cumnock, and Doon Valley in

Ayrshire, is an Opposition Front Bench spokesman on defence.

Millbank runs beside the Houses of Parliament, and it is believed Mr

Foulkes was taken into custody after a scuffle outside Chancellor's Gate

near the House of Lords.