And, as calls for him to quit reached fever pitch after a second incident in recent years, he defended his “diligence” as the independent MP for Falkirk.

Mr Joyce resigned from the Labour Party last year after being fined and handed a three-month pub and bar ban for punching and butting fellow MPs.

He was arrested on suspicion of assault on Thursday after an altercation at the Sports and Social Club bar, apparently over taking a glass out to a smoking area. The former soldier was released on bail on Friday.

In a website posting – entitled ‘A Few Thoughts Re: Events’ – the MP said he was limited in his responses to reports about him as he wanted to “respect the police inquiry”.

But in a lengthy series of points he sought to correct what he said were false reports about his health and general behaviour.

“I am not, and never have been, an alcoholic,” he wrote. “I did, briefly, go through an unhappy period where I drank heavily. That ended 12 months ago, overnight, with the dreadful incident in Strangers for which I still feel genuine remorse in respect of those affected.

“I have spent the past 12 months making a concerted effort to address the causes of that incident. I do not go into bars, nor drink in my office. Nor do I inject alcohol right into my eyeballs while crying.

“I was not drunk last Thursday. I had consumed, by any standards, a very modest amount of alcohol.

“I was examined by a nurse after being arrested. I was pronounced fit for interview. I did not need to ‘sleep it off’.”

He denied reports that he had been “re-arrested for ABH” following another scuffle at Belgravia Police Station, where, he said, officers and staff treated him “with great professionalism, humanity and kindness”.

Mr Joyce wrote: “The reason for the original arrest at the Sports and Social Bar was dropped within hours when it became clear I was uninvolved in an incident the police had assumed I had been involved in.

“I was technically re-arrested the following morning in order to enable inquiries to be made after police officers brought new complaints which related to the evening before.”

He said he was on excellent terms with his wife, from whom he separated seven years ago, adding: “I am not broken, tortured, lonely or tormented. 

“It is widely known that I am very fit and healthy.”

Mr Joyce, a former Black Watch officer, also said it was “ridiculous” to suggest that he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Yesterday, voters in his Falkirk constituency were united in their desire to see him step down as their MP.

Foster carer Audrey Brown, 42, a mother of two, said: “I think what he has done is disgraceful. Eric Joyce is a waste of space – he should have gone a long time ago. It is not as though this is the first time he’s done it, either.

“Get him out, that is what I think. Get him out and let someone who cares take over.”

Dennis Canavan, the former MP for Falkirk, said: “They do not think he is fit to do the job or capable of sorting out their problems. He should do the decent thing and step down.”

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