BREAKING NEWS: Sedgefield MP attacker admits assault

Phil Wilson
Phil Wilson

AN MP has has admitted assaulting four people when he went berserk in a House of Commons bar.

Labour MP Eric Joyce, 51, has admitted to attacking Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson during the incident shortly before closing time at the Strangers Bar.

The former soldier also headbutted Conservative MP Stuart Andrew and attacked Tory councillors Luke Mackenzie and Ben Maney.

Joyce, who has been suspended from the Labour Party in the wake of the incident on February 22, has pleaded guilty to common assault on the three Tories and the more serious charge of common assault by beating in the case of Mr Wilson.

Joyce entered the guilty pleas at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

The MP for Falkirk was arrested after police were called to a disturbance at the Palace of Westminster at around 10.50pm.

He was given a 12-month community order banning him from entering pubs and licensed premises for three months and a curfew order from Friday to Sunday.

He was also fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £1,400 to the victims.

Labour suspended Joyce from the party pending the results of the police investigation, branding the incident “extremely serious”.

Full story in Saturday’s Mail.