AN INVITATION to the House of Commons has been sent out with a forged note from Tony Blair declaring: "Whip Me, Beat Me, Kick Me."

The note was sent to one man in Huddersfield, who alerted MP Barry Sheerman to what he believed actually was a note from the Prime Minister.

The invitation was official to an event booked in the name of Norman Barker, Liberal Democrat MP for Lewes, East Sussex, .

Mr Sheerman immediately alerted the House of Commons and brought it to the attention of the Speaker.

He said: "I was horrified when I found out that such inappropriate messages were being sent to people inviting them to an event in the House of Commons.

"As well as forging a message from the Prime Minister they have broken the rules by not including the MP's name.

"I found out that more than 2,000 of these invitations had been sent out. If all those people had attended there would have been chaos - the dining room only holds 200."

The invitations are claimed to have been sent out by Animal Defenders International (ADI), a London-based animal rights group.

MP Norman Baker said he was not given the chance to see the invitations, but had agreed to host the event on behalf of the group.

He said: "I was told they wanted to address journalists and others on the treatment of circus animals.

"I have been in contact with the group and told them of my displeasure at what has happened. The event has been cancelled."

But ADI chief executive Jan Creamer said the invitations were not sent out from their office.

She said the organisation had complained to the Royal Mail, who were investigating.

She said: "Someone obviously thought it would be funny to scrawl on one of the invitations at some point.

"It was definitely not anyone from our office, because the invitations were never actually here.

"It is a shame this has happened because it is taking away from the real issue which is the launching of a campaign."