MP Eric Joyce to stand trial after airport fracas

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Falkirk MP Eric Joyce is to stand trial on charges that he engaged in threatening or abusive behaviour at Edinburgh Airport.
 
Joyce is also accused having struggled violently and attempted to kick police officers called to deal with the incident.  He is also accused of having made racist remarks.

The trial follows an incident at the airport in which the former Labour MP is alleged to have sworn at, abused and been offensive to staff, who then called police.

At a hearing held at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, the Falkirk MP entered a written plea of not guilty to three charges.

It is understood the incident was sparked after Mr Joyce left a mobile phone on a plane and was not allowed to go back on and retrieve it.

Joyce will appear at a pre-trial hearing on March 5th.  The trial will be held on March 31.

Mr Joyce sits as an independent member representing Falkirk after resigning from the Labour Party last year following an incident in a House of Commons bar.

His resignation from the Labour party led to a selection process for a replacement which descended into chaos amid allegations of vote rigging.