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.