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Former Labor shadow minister Eric Joyce pleads guilty to having taken a child porn picture


Former Labor Party shadow minister Eric Joyce, who quit the party after killing two Tory MPs in a commons bar, pleaded guilty to having committed child pornography, including a 12-month one old baby was one.

The 59-year-old, who was a Falkirk MP in Scotland between 2000 and 2015, was instructed to sign the register of sex offenders.

Joyce pleaded guilty to taking an indecent photo of a child between August 7, 2013 and November 6, 2018.

Judge Emma Peters said that the only 51-second film found on a device "represents a number of children."

"Some are pretty young, one is said to be 12 months old," she said. "Clearly a Category A film."

The former Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland in Worlingworth, Suffolk, was bailed before his conviction on August 7.

He worked as a Labor MP between 2000 and 2012 before stepping down in 2015 to become independent. Joyce spent 21 years in the army and rose through the ranks to become a major.

Former Labor Party Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland Eric Joyce pleaded guilty to taking child porn pictures. He is pictured above Ipswich Crown Court today

The court heard that the only 51-second film found on the device "represents a number of children," including a 12-month-old baby. Joyce is pictured in court above today

The court heard that the only 51-second film found on the device "represents a number of children," including a 12-month-old baby. Joyce is pictured in court above today

Joyce was arrested in November 2018, the police said. After appearing in court on June 10 of this year, he was granted unconditional bail.

Joyce's commitment to the Sunday Times columnist, India Knight, was announced in 2015, but it is not known if they are still together.

Previously, he was married to the late child treasure Christina and the second wife Rosemary, the headmistress of the Tonbridge High School.

In 2012, after a fight in the Commons Strangers & # 39; Bar, Joyce filed four charges of assault at the Westminster Magistrates & # 39; Court too.

He hit conservative MPs around 10:30 p.m. on February 22, 2012, after one of his friends, Stuart Niven – an amateur opera singer – started singing loudly in the bar, causing frightened looks from an adjacent Conservative table.

Joyce, who had drunk a bottle of red wine, warned Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke: "Never look at my guests like that again."

When another conservative MP, Andrew Percy, asked him to sit down, Joyce pushed him against the wall and shouted, "This bar is full of stories."

When Mr. Shelbrooke said, "You can't treat a MP like this in a place like this," Joyce swung toward the Tory who fended off the blow. Joyce then slapped the conservative city councilor Luke Mackenzie and split his lip before nudging another, Ben Maney.

The whip Phillip Wilson put a hand on Joyce's shoulder and said, "Calm down Eric – what's up?" Joyce answered by slapping his face.

Joyce of Worlingworth, Suffolk, was bailed before his August 7 conviction

Joyce of Worlingworth, Suffolk, was bailed before his August 7 conviction

Eight policemen arrived and found that Joyce smelled "strongly of alcohol" with glassy eyes. He continued his attack when officials tried to restrain him and verbally abused her before bumping Tory MP Stuart Andrew and giving him a bloody nose and concussion.

Joyce, who a witness described as drunker than anyone he had "ever seen", angrily kicked doors and broke a glass pane when he was dragged away by officials as he shouted, "You can't touch me, I'm one MP. " & # 39;

The MP even managed to snatch and scribble a policeman's notebook: "We are a Tory nation that cannot be forever … good cops unite … It is certain … the Tories too to hate."

At the Belgravia police station, he claimed that someone else had started the fight and told the officers, “I think he was a stupid, fat Tory MP.

He squeezed like a girl and hugged me bearishly. I drove a guy crazy. It was a small thing … When people said I was hammered, it was probably true. & # 39;

Joyce was arrested for the first time in November 2018 and released on bail before the hearing. He is pictured in front of Ipswich Crown Court before the pre-trial hearing

Joyce was arrested for the first time in November 2018 and released on bail before the hearing. He is pictured in front of Ipswich Crown Court before the pre-trial hearing

The MP also has a 2010 conviction for refusing to give the police a urine sample.

He left Labor to serve as an independent MP for Falkirk in 2012 and resigned before the 2015 general election. He spent 21 years in the army and rose through the ranks to become a major.

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