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."

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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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