A LABOR MP has been removed from the party of parliament after claiming he made racist remarks in the bar of the House of Commons.
Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, was accused last night of defamation by Anglo-Chinese journalist Henry Dyer.
Mr Dyer said Mr Coyle compared him to suspected of being a Chinese spy who helped fund the office of Labor MP Barry Gardiner.
In a statement, the Business Insider journalist, 24, accused Mr Coyle of having Chinesephobia and reported him to Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who suspended him. Congressional boozers.
And this morning Labor responded by stripping Mr Coyle of the party whip pending an investigation, meaning he is now an independent MP.
Mr Coyle said he was “deeply sorry for my insensitive comments” and was cooperating with the investigation.
Racism broke out on the night of February 1 at Strangers’ Bar, where MPs and journalists were allowed to drink.
Mr Dyer said he was speaking to Mr Coyle and a group of other reporters about recent revelations surrounding Mr Gardiner.
He said: “Coyle made a comment suggesting that Gardiner was being paid by ‘Fu Manchu’, a comment that didn’t feel right to me at the time, as it was well reported who made it. for Gardiner’s [office] money, and so needless to say a 20th century joke about a Chinese super criminal.
After revealing that he is British of Chinese descent, Mr Coyle is said to have replied: “From the way you look like you gave the yuan [the Chinese currency] for Barry Gardiner. “
Mr Dyer said his comment was “not only inappropriate, it made me feel uncomfortable”.
He also claimed that Mr Coyle had raised two fingers at him, and was involved in a separate outbreak the night before.
When he announced his statement last night, Mr. Dyer received warm support from journalists and politicians.
Health Minister Sajid Javid said: “Courage is needed. Thank you for speaking out. All the best to you.”
A Labor Party spokesman said: “The Labor Party expects the highest standards of behavior from all of our MPs and we take allegations of this kind very seriously.
“Accordingly, Chief Whip has now suspended the Labor whip from Neil Coyle pending an investigation.”
Mr Coyle said: “I deeply apologize for my insensitive comments, have apologized to all involved and will fully cooperate with the investigation.”
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