Former Falkirk MP Eric Joyce charged with child sex offence

Former Falkirk MP and ex-army officer Eric Joyce appeared in court yesterday facing a child sex offence charge.

Mr Joyce (59), the Labour MP for Falkirk between 2000 and 2012, stands accused of making an indecent photograph of a child.

He was released on unconditional bail and is scheduled to appear at Ipswich Crown Court for pre-trial on July 7.

Police stated Mr Joyce, who now lives in Worlingworth, Suffolk, was arrested in November 2018.

Eric Joyce pictured at the 2011 Scottish Parliamentary election count for Falkirk West and Falkirk East

The charge against him alleges, between August 7, 2013 and November 6, 2018, he made an indecent photograph of a child.

Prosecutors said the file, found on a device, was a movie file classed as a Category A image.

On his website, Mr Joyce stated: “The matter of my charge, will be dealt with in the first instance on July 7 at Ipswich Crown Court at 10am. I will make no comment from now until all legal processes are at a close.

“At that point, I will make a full statement."

Mr Joyce left the Labour Party to serve as an independent MP for Falkirk in 2012 and stepped down before the 2015 general election.