A SNP MSP who welcomed a cash injection for Women’s Aid has been suspended over claims he hit three former wives and a teenage step-daughter.
The Sunday Herald yesterday presented the SNP with evidence that two of Bill Walker’s former spouses got undefended divorces after alleging he assaulted them.
Another wife has claimed that Walker punched and kicked her in a San Diego hotel room, an attack she said was repeated on a family holiday.
Walker, the Nationalist MSP for Dunfermline who was elected in 2011, last month welcomed the news that Fife Women’s Aid had received a £400,000 lottery grant.
He said: “They do brilliant work, and it’s great to see significant funding supporting their service, enabling them to keep aiding abused women in Dunfermline and Fife.”
However, despite his public support for the charity, Walker is at the centre of domestic abuse allegations spanning nearly four decades, from the late 1960s up to the early 1990s.
This newspaper’s investigation is based on open court documents in the National Archives and interviews with two of the wives, both of whom supplied affidavits.
Jenny Kemp, the co-ordinator at Zero Tolerance, a charity that tackles the causes of men’s violence against women, said: “These allegations are shocking and suggest that Mr Walker is not fit to be an MSP.