Former MP to be sentenced over indecent image of child

Former Labour MP Eric Joyce will be sentenced over indecent image of child.

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A former Labour MP will appear at court to be sentenced for making an indecent image of a child.

Eric Joyce, who represented Falkirk in parliament from 2000 to 2012, admitted the charge after being caught with a 51-second video depicting children as young as one-year-old.

The 59-year-old, of Worlingworth, Suffolk, pleaded guilty at Ipswich Crown Court to the offence, which took place between August 2013 and November 2018.

He will be sentenced on Friday.

Judge Emma Peters warned the former shadow minister at an earlier hearing that the offence crossed the custody threshold.

“It’s going to be a question of whether it’s immediate or suspended,” she said.

The defendant, who is on bail, was required to sign the sex offenders register after his admission.

Joyce left Labour to serve as independent MP for Falkirk in 2012, stepping down before the 2015 general election.

He also spent 21 years in the Army, rising to the rank of major.