Disgraced MSP Bill Walker facing 90% salary loss

Disgraced MSP Bill Walker, who could lose 90% of his salary if he is jailed for domestic abuse.

Disgraced MSP Bill Walker, who could lose 90% of his salary if he is jailed for domestic abuse.

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disgraced MSP Bill Walker could lose 90 per cent of his salary if he is jailed for domestic abuse.

The 71-year-old former SNP politician has refused to quit Holyrood despite his 23 conviction over attacks on his three ex-wives and a stepdaughter.

The parliament cannot force him to resign, but officials have told the cross-party Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body it could cut his salary if he is unable to fulfil the full range of his parliamentary duties as a result of being imprisoned.

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick has written to MSPS, informing them that the corporate body recommends that 90 per cent of salary should be withheld for the duration of imprisonment.

She said: “In recommending this course of action to parliament, it should be made clear we do not seek to encroach upon the role of the courts. Our approach should in no way be interpreted as a punishment - that is for the courts.”

The move would have to be approved by the full parliament. Walker, of Alloa in Clackmannanshire, is due to be sentenced later this month.