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By a Newsnet reporter
 
The Scottish Labour party are reported to be resisting moves to force ‘headbutt’ MP Eric Joyce to resign as the MP for Falkirk. 

If Mr Joyce were to stand down it would force a by-election in his Falkirk constituency, a move that would focus attention on the performance of the new Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont.


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By a Newsnet reporter
 
The Labour party is facing the prospect of a by-election in Falkirk as it emerged that Eric Joyce has been charged with three counts of common assault.
 
Mr Joyce is being held in a London Police station following allegations that he went berserk and attacked a Tory MP.


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By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has been suspended by the Labour party after he was arrested following claims that he punched and head-butted a Tory MP in Strangers bar in the House of Commons.
 
The Labour MP was still being held at Belgravia Police station at tea time tonight as new claims relating to the incident emerged.


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By a Newsnet reporter

Eric Joyce, the Labour MP for Falkirk, has been arrested by the Metropolitan police on suspicion of assault. 

Police have confirmed that a man in his 50s was arrested around 11pm on Wednesday night after officers were called to a disturbance in the Strangers’ Bar, a bar in the Houses of Parliament which is frequented by MPs and their guests.


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By a Newsnet reporter

SNP MSP John Finnie has urged Chancellor George Osborne not to go ahead with his planned hike in fuel duty after figures revealed the extent of the rising cost burden on police forces and fire brigades across Scotland.

The cost of fuel for fire brigades more than doubled between 2002 and 2009, the last year for which figures are available, while police forces are expected to spend an estimated £7,885,000 this year on fuel in comparison with £4,810,000 in 2002-03


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By a Newsnet reporter
 
A Labour peer has caused outrage after suggesting that any scepticism of the Labour party’s historic claims on Devolution was “akin to holocaust denial”.
 
Former Labour MP and MSP, George Foulkes, posted the remark in response to an opinion piece by Dr. James Wilkie of the SDA in which he cast doubt on claims by the Labour party that it was always fully committed to Devolution for Scotland.


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By Martin Kelly
 
An SNP MSP has written to Scottish Secretary Michael Moore asking him to explain why Scotland’s most senior Catholic was not invited to join an official UK delegation to the Vatican to meet with Pope Benedict XVI.
 
Clare Adamson, SNP MSP for Central Scotland, wants to know why a Foreign Office arranged Vatican trip, which extended an invite to the head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, did not contact Scotland’s senior Catholic, Cardinal Keith O’Brien.