MP Eric Joyce has finally admitted that he has indeed had an affair with a schoolgirl who helped his election campaign. The disgraced MP says that he will not resign his seat but won't stand for re-election for his Falkirk seat.
Speaking to the Scottish press Joyce said of teenager Meg Lauder: “She was young and I kind of got my communications with her wrong.”
Joyce, who last week was arrested and charged with assault after a punch up in the House of Commons, denies that the affair was sexual but friends of the seventeen-year, claim that it was a 'full blown affair'.
Emma Hendry, a close friend of the schoolgirl who is now 19, told the Daily Record: “I’ve known Meg since school and we’re still friends so I don’t really want to comment on this. What Meg’s saying is definitely not lies and I know that. I’ve known for years and I’ve known Meg for years. It was known about at school – it was only a matter of time before it came out."
Joyce has already been condemned by the Labour Party for his violent actions in the House of Commons bar last week when he allegedly attacked three people in the bar. The Labour Party withdrew the whip from him meaning that they don't recognise him as part of their party in the House.
Scots Labour leader Johann Lamont said that Joyce was "unfit" for office. Joyce himself is adamant that he will not resign his seat. He cannot be made to resign unless he is jailed for 12 months or more.
It is estimated that if Joyce remains an MP until the next election he could earn over £200,00 before he finally leaves office. Joyce is also one of the highest expenses claiming MPs ever. He was the first MP to claim over a £1 million in expenses in his time in office.