Drunken assault MP avoids jail

The MP Eric Joyce has been fined £3000 but avoided jail after pleading guilty to assaulting four politicians when drunk in a parliamentary bar in February.

He has already been suspended by the Labour party following the attacks.

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Eric Joyce faces expulsion from the Labour Party after conviction

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."

A senior source in the national party said: "This is a process that will lead to his expulsion from the party."


Joyce apologies

Drunken MP Eric Joyce is reported to have verbally abused his arresting officers. When several officers attempted to restrain him he called them "c****" after warning "You can't touch me, I'm an MP"

His lawyer Jeremy Dein QC said Joyce wanted to express his "shame and embarrassment" over the events. He said:

"He is unreservedly apologetic for what occurred on the night in question,"

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