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MP Stuart Andrew got abusive email after Eric Joyce headbutt

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Published: 1st Aug 2012 13:18:24

A man sent an abusive and offensive email to a Conservative who had been headbutted by a fellow MP in a House of Commons bar, a court has heard.

Nicholas Scales, 41, insulted Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew's sexuality and called him a "mammies boy".

The email was sent after then-Labour MP for Falkirk Eric Joyce attacked Mr Andrew in the Strangers' Bar.

Scales, of Surrey, earlier admitted sending a malicious communication. Sentencing is due on 22 August.

In the email, Scales made insulting remarks about Tory MPs and wrote: "The sooner the IRA restarts and bombs your conference again the better."

Leeds Magistrates' Court was told Scales, of Upper Hale Road, Farnham, sent the message to Mr Andrew's constituency office in Leeds three days after the attack by Mr Joyce.

The email, which included sexual swear words, told Mr Andrew to "stop wasting police time" and he should get his "job done".

He also suggested the politician should go out in Leeds and Bradford to "toughen up".

Scales was due to be sentenced but magistrates adjourned the case for paperwork from the Probation Service.

The court was told Scales, who has suffered from mental health problems, was fit for unpaid work.

Eric Joyce resigned from the Labour Party after the brawl, in which he also assaulted several other MPs.

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