WARRINGTON North MP Charlotte Nichols was reportedly taken from a plane in a wheelchair after ‘drinking heavily’ on an official visit to Gibraltar.

Labour’s Ms Nichols is one of three members under fire after a report from the Telegraph claimed she and the Scottish National Party’s David Linden and Drew Hendry had been drinking alcohol before and during the British Airways flight from Heathrow Airport on Tuesday.

It is claimed that when the flight landed, she required a wheelchair to be transported from baggage reclaim to a military minibus before being taken to a hotel ‘for her own safety’ while her SNP colleagues were acting ‘lairy’.

She then missed a welcome dinner but is understood to have flown back to London two days early on Wednesday night, due to what has been described by the BBC as a ‘mental health episode’.

The trio were among 14 MPs who jetted out to the British overseas territory as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, which invites politicians to see the UK’s military in action.

Ms Nichols, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs, told the Sun that she had consumed ‘less than five’ drinks but that medication she is taking had ‘affected her tolerance’.

She said: “Everyone had had a few drinks on the flight.

“The issue for me is the medication I am taking.

“That affected my tolerance.

“I had the same amount to drink as the others. I do not know how many drinks I had — I wasn't counting.

“It was less than five.”

Defence secretary Ben Wallace says he will complain to the leaders of both parties over the incident.

The Tory minister said: “This type of behaviour shows a lack of respect for the enduring work of our armed forces. The armed forces scheme is an opportunity for both parliamentarians and the military to understand each other.

“This behaviour put military personnel in a difficult position, and risks undermining respect for Parliament.”

All three MPs said that they were not drunk but did not deny they had been drinking, according to the Telegraph.

An SNP spokesman meanwhile has claimed that the accusation against Mr Linden and Mr Hendry are ‘inaccurate’, while the Labour Party has not commented on the matter.

Ms Nichols’ office has been contacted for comment by the Warrington Guardian.