Drunken assault MP Eric Joyce avoids jail

Eric Joyce on his way into Westminster Magistrates' Court Credit: Press Association

The MP Eric Joyce has been fined £3000 but avoided jail after pleading guilty to a drunken assault on four politicians in a parliamentary bar on the 22nd February.

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

The 51-year-old former soldier reportedly went berserk without provocation after declaring:"There are too many f** Tories in here".

Mr Joyce headbutted Conservative MP Stuart Andrew during the bar brawl.

He also attacked Tory councillors Luke Mackenzie and Ben Maney before turning on Labour whip Phillip Wilson.

He was ordered to pay £1,400 to the victims of his assault.

ITV News reporter Harry Smith reports from Westminster Magistrates' Court:

Earlier, speaking outside court, Mr Joyce apologised for his behaviour and said he was lucky to avoid prison, but said he did not intend to stand down as an MP before the next election.

Stuart Andrew, the MP who was headbutted by Mr Joyce has said he "doesn't hold any grudges" towards him:

Eric Joyce faces expulsion from Labour after the party launched an internal disciplinary investigation.

A Scottish Labour Party spokesman said: "Eric Joyce was immediately suspended from the party.

"He remains suspended following the completion of the legal process and the Labour Party's disciplinary process will now take place."