SNP leader comments on suspension of Bill Walker

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SNP leader Alex Salmond has responded to the party’s decision to suspend MSP Bill Walker following allegations contained in a Sunday newspaper.

The party suspended the MSP after claims that the seventy one year old had assaulted three of his former wives were reported in the Sunday Herald.

Commenting on the suspension of Bill Walker MSP from the Scottish National Party and therefore from the SNP Parliamentary Group, SNP leader Alex Salmond said:

“The SNP’s rules are very clear, and provide for decisive but fair action.  The correct action has been taken by the National Secretary, in consultation with me as party leader, of suspending Bill Walker from the SNP and the parliamentary group pending a full investigation of the facts and circumstances.

“The SNP’s strongly held position is zero tolerance of violence against women.   The information was not reported in Mr Walker’s candidate process as it should have been, and the right course of action has been taken.”