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Police drop bar brawl charges against MP

March 29, 2013 at 1:11 AM

LONDON, March 29 (UPI) -- London police said no charges would be brought against independent Member of Parliament Eric Joyce for an alleged drunken fracas in the House of Commons.

But Joyce remains banned from all bars in the Houses of Parliament, the Daily Mirror reported. Parliamentary officials said Thursday the ban on his buying alcohol there is in "the best interests of all parties."

Joyce, who represents Falkirk in Scotland, said he will not resign from Parliament and will continue to hold the seat until the next general election, expected in 2015.

Police arrested Joyce on March 14 after he allegedly got involved in a scuffle with two police officers. The incident began, witnesses said, when he was told he could not carry a glass of wine outside the Sports and Social Club in the House of Commons.

A police spokesman said witnesses gave inconsistent information.

Joyce was arrested and fined last year for assaulting other members of Parliament. He resigned from the Labor Party but remained in Parliament as an independent.

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