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Eric Joyce involved in 'margins of the fracas'

What I said in the very first instance when I put a small, or probably too large release out over the internet, it turned out to be essentially the truth and the fact is there's no further action.

I don't feel particularly joyous about that. I was involved in the margins of the fracas and clearly it was the first time I had been back in a bar for over a year.

That was a shame. But the fact is the police have looked at it now for two weeks and there is to be no further action.


'Insufficient evidence' Eric Joyce committed an offence

The Crown Prosecution Service has said there was "insufficient evidence" that Eric Joyce MP had committed an offence after he was arrested on suspicion of assault and ABH following an incident outside a bar in the House of Commons.

Although there appears to have been an incident on the evening in question, evidence obtained from witnesses contained multiple inconsistencies and there is insufficient evidence that Mr Joyce committed any offence.

On this basis, we have concluded there is insufficient evidence to support a realistic prospect of conviction and that no further action should be taken.

– A CPS spokesperson


Eric Joyce hits back at 'alcoholic' claims in website post

The MP arrested after an alleged brawl in a parliamentary bar denied he was drunk at the time and hit out at claims he was an alcoholic.

In a posting on his website, Eric Joyce insisted he had consumed "by any standards a very modest amount" and criticised a decision by officials to bar him from drinking at Parliament.

And, amid calls for him to quit after the second such incident in recent years, he defended his "diligence" as the independent constituency MP for Falkirk.

Eric Joyce. Credit: Press Association

Mr Joyce resigned from the Labour Party last year after being fined and handed a three-month pub and bar ban for punching and head-butting fellow MPs.

He was arrested on suspicion of assault on Thursday after an altercation at the Sports and Social Club apparently over taking a glass out to a smoking area.

The former soldier was released on bail yesterday.

The MP said he was limited in his responses to reports about him as he wanted to "respect the police inquiry".

But in a series of points he sought to correct what he said were false reports about his health and general behaviour.

Eric Joyce: 'No charges brought at the moment'

Eric Joyce on leaving the police station. Credit: ITV News

An MP arrested after a late-night brawl in the House of Commons has been released on police bail.

On leaving a central London police station, Eric Joyce said: "no charges have been brought at the moment."

The MP left the Labour Party after headbutting a Tory MP in a Commons bar last year.

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