Belfast Telegraph

Banned MP resigns from front bench

A Labour MP has resigned from the party's front bench after he was banned from driving.

Eric Joyce, who was shadow Northern Ireland minister, stood down from the post after he admitted failing to provide a breath test.

Mr Joyce, MP for Falkirk, admitted he had been "incredibly stupid" after he pleaded guilty to the offence.

He appeared at Falkirk Sheriff Court where he was fined £400 and banned from driving for a year.

Mr Joyce, 50, said: "I am deeply ashamed of my actions which were unacceptable and inexcusable.

"I have been incredibly stupid and rightly suffered the penalty for it.

"I want to apologise unreservedly to those I have let down."

A Labour Party spokesman confirmed that Leader Ed Miliband had accepted Mr Joyce's resignation.

He said: "Following Eric Joyce's guilty plea, Ed Miliband has accepted his resignation from the opposition front bench.

"A replacement for the Northern Ireland Office frontbench team will be appointed in due course."

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