‘Visibly Drunk’ Peer banned from Parliament’s Bars after Outburst

Tory peer Lord Kulveer Ranger has been banned from Parliament’s bars following a foul-mouthed drunken outburst.

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"he became aggressive, raising his voice and swearing at us"

A Tory peer who drunkenly called a group of people “f***ing useless” has been banned from Parliament’s bars for a year.

Lord Kulveer Ranger resigned the Conservative whip after the House of Lords Conduct Committee upheld allegations of bullying and harassment.

The committee recommended Lord Ranger be suspended for three weeks and banned from Lords bars for a year.

Lord Ranger was named a peer as part of Boris Johnson’s resignation honours list and gave his maiden speech in November 2023, two months before the incident.

A spokesperson for the Whips’ Office confirmed he had resigned from the Conservative Party following the publication of the Committee’s report.

The spokesperson said: “Lord Ranger has resigned the Government whip and apologised for his actions which were an unacceptable breach of the standards of the House, and of Parliament.”

On the night of January 17, 2024, Lord Ranger was “visibly drunk” and made “various inappropriate comments” to a group of four people, including the two complainants, in Parliament’s Strangers’ Bar.

Less than an hour later, Lord Ranger approached the same group and was “acting aggressively” as he engaged them in conversation.

One witness said in her complaint: “[Lord] Ranger – whom I had never met before – approached my group on two occasions that evening.

“The first time he stood very close to my right side, physically pressing himself up against me and coming very close to my face.

“I made a number of attempts to step away from him during this conversation.

“Later that evening he returned to our group and we began a conversation about his work.

“During this conversation he became aggressive, raising his voice and swearing at us, calling us ‘f***ing useless’.”

The second complainant said the peer “repeatedly jabbed his finger in both our faces and got very close while angry”, adding:

“He also roughly grabbed both our parliamentary passes which were round our necks to read our names.

“I found him physically intimidating and towards the end of the conversation, I was shaking.”

During his conversation with the group, Lord Ranger also asked whether a publication being discussed was a “porn magazine” and tried to hold the hand of one of the witnesses.

The peer admitted to the Commissioner for Standards that he could not remember the incident but said he had drunk several glasses of wine in Strangers’ and another parliamentary bar earlier in the evening.

Strangers’ Bar staff recalled Lord Ranger returning to the bar later in the evening and trying to order some shots.

At this point, a barman told him they did not sell shots and decided he was too drunk to serve.

Since the incident, one of the complainants became “more wary about her interactions with people”.

In a letter of apology, Lord Ranger said: “I am deeply mortified at the descriptions of my behaviour.

“I must say I have little recollection of the incident but that is in no way to diminish how you both have described my actions or how they made you feel.”

He also claimed health issues experienced by his family led to him acting “completely out of character”, but the Commissioner said his reasons “do not excuse nor explain bullying behaviour”.

Dhiren is a News & Content Editor who loves all things football. He also has a passion for gaming and watching films. His motto is to "Live life one day at a time".

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