How does a convicted wife beater hold office?

Blokes who assault women are scum, whether that is physically, mentally or financially, they are simply gutless cowards. While it might be ok to kick in the door at a house in the leafy suburbs it seems you can go even further if you are an MP.

Today women are gathering outside the Scottish Parliament to try and oust convicted wife-beater Bill Walker from his seat. It’s high time that MPs who face the full force of the law feel the full force of their constituents’ wrath too, argues Cathy Newman.

From time to time you get a reminder that some politicians think they’re in a class of their own. If you work for a company and commit a crime, chances are you’ll be sacked. If you’re a parliamentarian, the people who pay your wages don’t have any such power.

And so it is with convicted wife-beater Bill Walker.

A member of the Scottish Parliament, he’s been found guilty of 23 assaults and a breach of the peace charge. Yet astonishingly he says he doesn’t have any plans to quit.

So parliamentary colleagues are now doing their damndest to oust him – but finding it remarkably difficult.

Today campaigners are demonstrating outside the Scottish Parliament, but many are at a loss to know what can be done. 

Perhaps he could hold office in the National party?

At last count, some 89 of Holyrood’s 129 MSPs have signed a motion demanding Walker quit immediately as the representative for Dunfermline. He’s already been expelled from the SNP when allegations emerged of the abuse he meted out to his three ex-wives and stepdaughter. But he now sits as an independent and is refusing to budge.

Send Chopper to have a word about his behaviour.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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