Drunken Tory MP Reckless confess to being reckless

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London, July12 (ANI): A Tory MP, Mark Reckless, was so drunk during a late night debate about the Budget in the Commons that he was unable to vote.

According to The Telegraph, Reckless was one of a number of MPs accused of being "well-refreshed" and "convivial" during the late night sitting which finished at 2.48am on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old new MP for Rochester and Strood had been drinking alongside scores of MPs on the Commons Terrace and was not the only one said to be worse for wear.

Reckless, who became an MP at the general election in May, was understood to have had difficulty standing and has scant recollection of the night.

"I feel very embarrassed, I'm terribly, terribly embarrassed. I apologise unreservedly and I don't plan to drink again at Westminster. It was a mistake I will not be repeating. I have learned my lesson," the paper quoted Reckless, as saying.

The debate focused on the coalition government's budget cuts and Tory MPs were asked to stay to its conclusion.

"Westminster is a very special situation and all I can say... is given this very embarrassing experience I don't intend to drink at Westminster again," he added.

The paper also stated that the Treasury minister Angela Eagle accused John Randall, the deputy chief whip of having indulged in "rather a liquid evening".

However, Randall insisted he had not been drunk.

"I wasn't doing anything that isn't normally done in the chamber. I had been in the chamber, in the bar, wandering around keeping an eye on people. That's a whip's job," he said.

Sheryll Murray, Tory MP for South East Cornwall, was another MP alleged to be drinking on the Commons terrace.

"There is a lesson to be learned from this: you don't drink at all on the terrace," she said. (ANI)

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