A senior Tory MP has apologised 'unreservedly' for a 'minor verbal misunderstanding' that saw him kicked of the Conservative party conference after his fiancée was denied entry to a lounge.
Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown was said to be involved in what a doorman described as a 'small misunderstanding' at the International Lounge at the Manchester conference centre on Tuesday. His fiancee did not have the relevant pass.
The Cotswolds MP is understood to have remonstrated with the member of staff at which point security personnel intervened and police were summoned.
Sir Geoffrey said tonight: 'This was a minor verbal misunderstanding. The police have not contacted me at all. I am mortified that something so minor seems to have been blown out of all proportion and if anyone has been offended, I apologise unreservedly.
'I will co-operate with the party in any investigation.'
The Conservative Party later released a statement saying the incident was 'totally unacceptable' and Sir Geoffrey had been 'asked to leave.'
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
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.'
Officers were seen entering the 'International Lounge' of the conference centre and moving photographers and reporters away from the scene.
The Cotswolds MP, treasurer of the 1922 committee, the influential group of backbench Tory