MP claims he wasn’t drunk, maybe he was just being a dick then

Former Labour MP Eric Joyce, who was arrested after a punch up in the Commons reckons he wasn’t drunk when he fought with and punched several Police officers.

Word has it that his Blackcaps trial has been cancelled.

The former Labour MP arrested over an alleged fracas at a Commons karaoke night has denied being drunk at the time of the incident.

Eric Joyce, the MP for Falkirk, was reportedly wrestled to the ground by police at the at the Sports and Social Club on Thursday evening before being taken away in handcuffs.

The 52 year-old, who sits as an independent after resigning from the Labour Party last year, spent the night in the cells before being questioned by officers at Belgravia police station in central London on Friday.

In a posting on his website on Saturday Mr Joyce denied reports that he had left another pub, the Red Lion, “glassy-eyed” at 1pm on Thursday.

“I am not, and never have been, an alcoholic. I do not go into bars, nor drink in my office,” he said.

“My difficulties in the past have not extended from alcohol abuse per se. 

“I was not drunk last Thursday. I had consumed, by any standards, a very modest amount of alcohol. I was examined by a nurse after being arrested. I was pronounced fit for interview. I did not need to ‘sleep it off’. I gave a statement immediately.”

He added: “I do not frequent the Red Lion nor any other bar. At 1pm on Thursday afternoon, I was returning from a doctor’s appointment in Pimlico. I followed this directly with a meeting with visitors that lasted the whole afternoon.”

Mr Joyce has said he will stand down as an MP at the next general election in 2015. However, Dennis Canavan, his predecessor in the Falkirk constituency, on Friday urged him to quit immediately.

“It is time to go for the sake of his constituents and for his own sake, he obviously has a problem and he needs help for that problem,” he told the BBC.


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  • Tom

    Did he not piss on any trees either?