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MP fined for headbutting Tory

Deeply sorry: Eric Joyce appeared in court this morning Photo: PA

Shamedpolitician Eric** **Joyce admitted he was lucky toavoid jail today for brawling in a Commons bar then telling police: "Youcan't touch me, I'm an MP."

TheLabour MP walked away from court with a fine and pub banning order after headbutting Tory rivals Stuart Andrew and Ben Maney in a drunken frenzy.

Theformer soldier, who admitted four counts of common assault at WestminsterMagistrates' Court, said he was now "deeply apologetic".

Joyce,who has been suspended by Labour, said he did not intend to stand down as an MP before the next election but expects to be kicked out of the Labour party.

Chiefmagistrate Howard Riddle fined him £3,000 and ordered him to pay £1,400 to victims after he entered early guilty pleas.

Joyce was also given a 12-month community order - banning him from entering pubs andlicensed premises for three months - and imposed with a curfew order from Friday to Sunday.

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