Falkirk MP Joyce charged with common assault

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Police have charged Eric Joyce with three counts of common assault after an incident in a popular House of Commons watering hole.

Mr Joyce (51) was suspended by the Labour Party after he was arrested on Wednesday evening when police were called to Strangers Bar and Stuart Andrew, the Conservative MP for Pudsey, West Yorkshire, alleged he had been assaulted.

The allegations relate to Mr Andrew, a second Tory MP and a Labour whip.

Mr Joyce spent 24 hours in custody at central London’s Belgravia police station and was bailed until his appearance at West London Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, March 7.

Labour stated Mr Joyce would be suspended until the police investigation is complete.

The Labour MP was elected in December 2000 and has served as a parliamentary private secretary to a number of government ministers since 2003.

In November 2010 he resigned as shadow Northern Ireland minister after been banned from driving for one year for failing to take a breath test. It followed an incident involving his car in Grangemouth.

Read the March 1 edition of The Falkirk Herald for more on this story.