By Ed Riley For Mailonline and Richard Spillett, Crime Correspondent For Mailonline
Published: 13:58 BST, 1 October 2019 | Updated: 16:42 BST, 1 October 2019
A senior Tory MP has been kicked out of the Conservative Party conference today after he clashed with staff in a row over a security pass for a fiancee.
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown was said to be involved in what a doorman described as a 'small misunderstanding' at the International Lounge in the conference centre.
Police said they were called to the venue this afternoon to reports an 'attendee' attempted to enter an area without 'a relevant pass.'
The Conservative Party later released a statement saying the incident was 'totally unacceptable' and sir Geoffrey had been 'asked to leave.'
It said the MP had tried to enter a room with a guest who did not have the correct security clearance.
The row led to a lockdown of areas of the conference, including the press room, at the Manchester Central Convention Complex for around 20 minutes.
One journalist at the conference said there had been an 'actual punch up' in a 'secure zone.'
Members of the press gather around the International Lounge area after it was closed down after the incident
The Cotswolds MP, (pictured) treasurer of the 1922 committee, the influential group of backbench Tory MPs, did not deny the reports, when questioned by reporters
Officers were seen entering the