Former Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has appeared in court after being charged with a child sex offence.
The BBC has reported that he is accused of making an indecent photograph of a child.
Mr Joyce, 59, has been given unconditional bail and will appear for a pre-trial hearing at Ipswich Crown Court on July 7.
Former shadow minister of Worlingworth in Suffolk, Mr Joyce served as Labour MP for Falkirk between 2000 and 2012 before leaving to serve as an independent MP until 2015.
He was arrested in November 2018 after a movie file, found on a device, was classed as a Category A image.
A statement on Joyce's website published yesterday noted: “The matter of my charge, announced today, will be dealt with in the first instance on 7 July at Ipswich Crown Court at 10.00.
“I will make no comment from now until all legal processes are at a close. At that point, I will make a full statement."
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