MP Eric Joyce arrested after 'fracas' at Edinburgh Airport

Politician said to have become involved in a confrontation with airport officials after he tried to retrieve his mobile phone

Deputy Political Editor

The MP Eric Joyce faces charges of breach of the peace after being arrested over a fracas with staff at Edinburgh Airport.

Police are understood to have been called when he confronted airport officials when he tried to retrieve a mobile phone which he had left on a plane.

The independent MP for Falkirk, who resigned the Labour whip las year, was unable to tell staff which flight he had arrived on.

According to a bystander, he was detained by police in the airport's domestic arrivals area in front of other passengers.

The alleged clash came three months after his arrest following a fight in a House of Commons bar during a karaoke night. He was not charged over that incident.

Last year he resigned from the Labour Party.

At the time he said he would stand down as an MP at the next election. But last week he threatened to quit early and trigger a by-election if his former Labour constituency party selected a candidate that he opposed.

An airport spokesman said: "We can confirm an incident did occur on Sunday evening and an individual was arrested for being abusive and confrontational towards airport staff and police."

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "A 52-year-old man has been reported to the procurator fiscal in connection with an alleged breach of the peace, which happened at Edinburgh Airport on Sunday 19 May. He will appear in court at a later date."

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