UK lawmaker resigns party after violent bar brawl

Eric Joyce submitted his party resignation and apologized, saying he "had a number of personal issues to address."

London: A British lawmaker who admitted
assaulting others in a drunken bar brawl in Parliament has
resigned from the opposition Labour Party.

Eric Joyce submitted his party resignation Monday and
apologized for the brawl, saying he "had a number of personal
issues to address."

Joyce, 51, pleaded guilty last week to four charges of
assault on Feb. 22 when he head-butted Conservative lawmaker
Stuart Andrew and also assaulted two local Conservative
officials and a Labour colleague. He complained there were
"too many" Conservatives in the bar.

Joyce was fined 4,400 pounds got a weekend curfew and was
banned from entering pubs for three months. Joyce says he will
continue to serve until the 2015 election but as an
independent.

PTI

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