MP quits Labour Party over headbutting incident at pub

The disgraced MP who escaped jail last week after headbutting two Tory rivals in a brawl in Parliament has resigned from the Labour Party.

In a statement to the House of Commons yesterday, Eric Joyce apologised "without reservation" to his colleagues as he announced that he had tendered his resignation to Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Last week, the MP for Falkirk, a former soldier, walked away from court with a fine and pub banning order after headbutting Tory rivals Stuart Andrew and Ben Maney.

Mr Joyce, pictured, said his behaviour had "fallen egregiously below what is required" by an MP, adding: "Clearly I have a number of personal issues to address and you can be assured that this will take place."

At Westminster Magistrates' Court last week, Mr Joyce admitted four counts of common assault. He said he was "hammered" on red wine during the brawl which he launched into after shouting that the bar "was full of f****** Tories". He later admitted he was lucky to avoid prison.

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