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Falkirk MP Eric Joyce faces trial over airport charges

Eric Joyce
Image caption Eric Joyce made his not guilty pleas to the three charges by letter

Falkirk MP Eric Joyce is to stand trial after denying using threatening or abusive behaviour at Edinburgh Airport earlier this year.

He entered not guilty pleas to three charges at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

The 52-year-old former Army major tendered the pleas by letter and was not present in court.

The former Labour politician is alleged to have repeatedly shouted, sworn and made offensive remarks at the airport on 19 May.

Joyce pleaded not guilty to resisting constables Alan Hazelwood and John Miller at the airport and on the way to the city's St Leonard's police station.

The politician is said to have struggled violently and tried to kick the officers.

He also denied a third charge of threatening or abusive behaviour alleging that he shouted, swore, made offensive remarks and noises and uttered racial remarks at both the airport and police station.

A trial date of 31 March, 2014, was set by Sheriff Kenneth Maciver.

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