Salmond calls for convicted MSP to stand down


First Minister Alex Salmond has today called on disgraced MSP Bill Walker to resign his seat following the Dunfermline MSP’s conviction for domestic violence offences.
Mr Walker was found guilty of a string of domestic abuse charges going back several decades.

The former SNP member was expelled from the party after the allegations emerged and has continued as an independent MSP.

First Minister and Scottish National Party Leader, Alex Salmond, said:

“Mr Walker has been convicted of extremely serious offences.  Although he has yet to be sentenced, in my view someone convicted of these offences is not fit to be a public representative and therefore he should stand down from the Scottish Parliament and allow the people of Dunfermline to elect a new MSP.

“Mr Walker was expelled from the SNP in April 2012, and his conviction by a court of law reinforces his expulsion.”

Walker will be sentenced next month.