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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:
The former SNP MSP, who was ejected from the party when the allegations surfaced, is due to be sentenced later this month.
MSP Bill Walker, who was convicted of 23 domestic abuse charges last month, has submitted his resignation to the Scottish Parliament, a spokesman for him said.
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.
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 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.
Independent MSP Bill Walker, 71, was today found guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court of a catalogue of attacks against his three ex-wives and a step-daughter between 1967 and 1995.