Community order and bar ban for MP Eric Joyce

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Falkirk MP Eric Joyce, 51, has been given a 12 month community order and 3-month ban from all bars and pubs, following his guilty plea to four counts of assault.  Despite this finding of guilt, Mr Joyce will not be stepping down.

The assaults occurred during a brawl  at a House of Commons bar on February 22.  Labour whip Phil Wilson and Conservative MP Stuart Andrew were among those involved. Mr Joyce admits to one count of assault by beating, including head-butting his Tory rival. Mr Joyce also attacked Tory councillors Luke Mackenzie and Ben Maney.

Following the attacks Mr Andrew sported a bloody nose and Mr Wilson had a cut to his face after he attempted to restrain the aggravated Mr Joyce. The Falkirk MP is reported to have stated there were “too many” Tories in the bar, before his assaults began.

Mr Joyce was given a £3,000 fine and ordered to £1,400 in victim compensation. In addition to his fines and bans, Mr Joyce faces a Friday to Sunday curfew as part of his community order.

Mr Joyce says he “was lucky to avoid prison”.

A Labour Party spokesman said: “This is an extremely serious incident. We have suspended Eric Joyce pending the results of the police investigation.”

The Daily Record reports Mr Joyce saying “I won’t be standing at the next general election but until then I will carry on doing for my constituents what I do at the moment.”

Yesterday Joyce  admitted to having an “ill-advised” liason with  Meg Lauder, a teenage constituency helper who was 17 when their relationship began.