Disgraced MSP quits over abuse

Disgraced MSP Bill Walker has bowed to pressure and resigned from the Scottish Parliament after being found guilty of 23 domestic abuse charges against his ex-wives last month.

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Disgraced MSP blames 'media onslaught' as he quits

Disgraced MSP Bill Walker has said a "media onslaught" has forced him to resign from the Scottish Parliament, rather than his conviction for 23 domestic abuse charges.

Campaigners and the majority of MSPs had been calling on the 71-year-old to go after he was found guilty last month of the historic abuse against his ex-wives.

The Dunfermline representative had previously refused to budge but released a statement yesterday that read:

It has been increasingly difficult for my wife and my staff to deal with the media interest in my case.

That same media onslaught has also made it impossible to properly represent my constituents and their interests.

My trial process on domestic abuse charges still continues at Edinburgh Sheriff Court with the sentence not due to be announced until September 20 after the receipt of the reports ordered by the court.

However, circumstances have made it very difficult to continue as MSP, hence my decision to withdraw now.

– MSP Bill Walker

The former SNP MSP, who was ejected from the party when the allegations surfaced, is due to be sentenced later this month.


Disgraced MSP may have his wages stopped

A disgraced MSP who was convicted of a string of domestic abuse offences against his ex-wives faces having his wages curtailed by the Scottish Parliament if he is jailed.

Politicians at Holyrood will consider whether they can impose the potential sanction on Bill Walker when they return from their summer break next week, a Holyrood spokesman said.

Bill Walker may have his wages stopped. Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Walker, 71, of Alloa, Clackmannanshire, has steadfastly refused to resign his seat despite the conviction and public pressure, including a petition signed by almost all MSPs.

MSP punched fiance in face in days before wedding

MSP Bill Walker, 71, of Alloa, Clackmannanshire, was found guilty of a catalogue of attacks against his three ex-wives and a step-daughter between 1967 and 1995.

Walker was found guilty of assaulting his first wife Maureen Traquair on three separate occasions in the 1960s and 1980s.

On one occasion, he punched her in the face in the run-up to their wedding day in January 1967, giving her a black eye.

He was convicted of four assaults on his third wife Diana Walker, three of which involved slapping or punching her on the face. The attacks happened between June 1988 and January 1995.

The MSP was further found to have assaulted his second wife Anne Gruber 15 times at various addresses in Edinburgh and Midlothian between 1978 and 1984.

He also assauled Mrs Gruber's daughter Anne Louise Paterson by repeatedly striking her on the head with a saucepan in 1978, injuring her.

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