MP questioned by police

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GEORGE FOULKES, a Labour defence spokesman, was absent from the Commons front bench yesterday after being questioned about an alleged assault on a policeman.

Mr Foulkes was released on police bail without charge, pending further inquiries, after the alleged incident on Monday night. A party spokesman said it had been agreed he should not appear for defence questions, because it would be a distraction.

Mr Foulkes, 51, a JP and MP for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, was taken to Charing Cross police station and left early yesterday. He had earlier attended a reception organised by the Scotch Whisky Association.