Expelled MSP claims he is 'victim of conspiracy'

An SNP MSP who has been expelled from the party over domestic abuse allegations claims he is the victim of a conspiracy to destroy his reputation.

Bill Walker was expelled from the SNP earlier this month following allegations from three of his former wives but he has refused to resign.

On Monday, the Dunfermline West MSP told STV News he would be returning to the Scottish Parliament later this week as an independent nationalist. He also said he was still deciding whether or not to appeal against his expulsion from the SNP.

It is claimed Mr Walker was violent towards his three ex-wives. It was these claims which led to his suspension and expulsion from the party.

At the weekend, it was reported there was an allegation of rape made against him in 1983.

Fife Constabulary are investigating all the allegations made against Mr Walker.

A Fife Police spokesman said: "The force is aware of recent press reports concerning Mr Bill Walker and is making inquiries into the issues involved."

Meanwhile, a group of Fife Labour MSPs have called for Mr Walker to step down from his parliamentary role.

In a joint statement, John Park, Richard Simpson, Claire Baker and Helen Eadie said: "These are highly disturbing allegations and, coming on top of what we now know about Mr Walker’s past, we have serious concerns about his fitness to be an MSP. He should resign from the Scottish Parliament today."