The pronouncing of sentence by the Sheriff on the charges for which Mr Walker has been found guilty concludes this part of the proceedings.
I can confirm that Mr Walker maintains his innocence in respect of these charges and an Appeal has already been lodged with the Court inviting the Sheriff to state a case for the opinion of the High Court of Justiciary. An application has been made to the Sheriff for Mr Walker’s interim liberation pending the hearing of the Appeal. Should that application be refused by the Sheriff the High Court will be asked to rule on the application and that is likely to happen early next week.
Thereafter, the Sheriff will require to state a case for the opinion of the High court dealing with the issues raised in the appeal which Mr Walker believes show there to have been a miscarriage of justice. The defence will have the opportunity of commenting upon and proposing adjustments to that case. It is likely to be several weeks before that part of the process is concluded and the papers transmitted to the High Court.
The appropriate forum for the discussion of the issues relating to the Appeal is the High Court of Justiciary. Accordingly, Mr Walker will not be making any further public comment on the case at this time.
Bill Walker has tonight (SAT) submitted his resignation to the Scottish Parliament as MSP for Dunfermline.
Mr Walker said: “It has been increasingly difficult for my wife and my staff to deal with the media interest in my case. That same media onslaught has also made it impossible to properly represent my constituents and their interests.
“My trial process on domestic abuse charges still continues at Edinburgh Sheriff Court with the sentence not due to be announced until September 20 after the receipt of the reports ordered by the court. However, circumstances have made it very difficult to continue as MSP, hence my decision to withdraw now.
“It has been a pleasure since May 2011 to serve the people of the Dunfermline constituency.
“As several other serving members of the parliament have bravely tried to point out, the court proceedings have not yet concluded. After September 20, there will be an opportunity for me to consider whether there are grounds for appeal and, under legal advice from my solicitor, I shall be making no further comment at this stage.”
I was very disappointed to be convicted of the charges made against me in Edinburgh Sheriff Court last Thursday 22 August 2013 by Sheriff Katherine Mackie. The verdict and, in particular, the comments of the Sheriff are now being considered carefully.
I would like to thank my wife, family, colleagues, staff and friends who have supported me throughout this long ordeal which started in March last year and which, of course, is not over yet.
Court proceedings have not yet concluded with the sentence not due to be announced until 20th September 2013 after the receipt of reports. Thereafter, there will be an opportunity to consider whether there are grounds for appeal and, under legal advice from my solicitor, I shall be making no further comment until then.
A viewing platform, set 100 metres above the River Forth, is set to open on the Forth Bridge, offering spectacular views and drawing potentially hundreds of thousands of visitors to west Fife per year.
The platform will be reachable from two glass lifts connected to a new visitor centre in the base of the rail bridge’s northern Fife Tower. Alternatively, visitors can take part in guided climbs to the South Tower from a second visitor centre in South Queensferry. Read more of this post
I was very saddened to learn of the death of Dunfermline-born Mr Len Woods in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on Saturday 24th August 2013. Len had not been in the best of health for some time, but his death still came as a shock.
Len was a popular and well-kent man throughout west Fife and elsewhere in Scotland. He attended Dunfermline High School in the 1950s and still maintained many friendships in and around Dunfermline from those days. His early working life in textile sales led to his recent consulting activities within his own company, which took him all over Scotland, England, Ireland and abroad. He formed many lasting business and personal relationships wherever he went. He met his wife, Elma, at school when they were both 14 and they married in 1967. They had two sons, Gavin and Callum, and lived in Saline for many years. Read more of this post
The grant, from the Communities and Families Fund, will pay for six months of “growing workshops” aimed at encouraging parents and children to grow their own food in a family-friendly community garden. The group will also hold 56 cookery classes for parents and children to create healthy home-cooked meals.
MSP Bill Walker, whose Dunfermline constituency includes Kincardine, said: Read more of this post
The £28,000 refurbishment, partly funded by endowments, will see the Queen Margaret Hospice (ward 16) completely redecorated. A number of planned improvements – including new bathroom facilities for patients, a multidisciplinary therapeutic area and the creation of a room with overnight facilities for relatives – will provide a more homely and comfortable setting for patients and their families. Read more of this post
ScotAsh, which manufactures sustainable products from ash produced by Longannet Power Station, has been named a national champion in this year’s European Business Awards in recognition of its innovation, business excellence and sustainability. The company will now compete for Ruban d’Honneur status in the next round of the competition, with the winners due to be announced next April.
In addition, ScotAsh has been shortlisted for the Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards, to be announced on 26th November. These awards recognise Scottish firms that reduce their impact on the environment. Read more of this post
Dunfermline-based Cooper Software has received £5,000 Business Gateway Fife funding to develop a new website and social media strategy.
The systems integrations specialist – which has premises in Pitreavie Business Park and recently opened a new office in Manchester – provides innovative software solutions and support to a wide range of businesses, including BSkyB and Babcock. It works with organisations investing in large-scale IT projects or who are facing problems with current systems. Read more of this post
The £1,402 Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund will pay for a brick block construction set, archery game, pool table, Lego friends and Ninjago, and table-top games.
MSP for Dunfermline, Bill Walker, said, “Congratulations to Abbeyview Kids Club on this funding. The club forms an important part of the local community by providing affordable childcare for children from a range of local schools. Read more of this post
Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker has welcomed the creation of the new Fife College, following today’s (Thursday’s) merger of Carnegie College, Adam Smith College and parts of Elmwood College.
The merger is a result of the Scottish Government’s regionalisation plans, which aim to improve the funding and structuring of colleges and to widen opportunities.
Mr Walker said: “Today’s merger begins a new chapter for education here in Fife. It opens up a wealth of opportunities to improve learning. Read more of this post
The year-long project will focus on the history of the club, which was founded in 1887 and moved to Pitfirrane in 1953, and its A-listed club house. The club’s archive collection will be organised and scanned to create a digital archive, for display on the club’s website and on a Heritage Wall inside the club house.
Mr Walker said: “Congratulations to Dunfermline Golf Club on this funding for their project. The club is one of Fife’s many excellent choices for golfers and has a very rich history. Read more of this post
MSP for Dunfermline Bill Walker has congratulated Fife charity Furniture Plus on receiving £114,057 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Support and Connect scheme. The award will enable the charity to expand their service to beneficiaries experiencing furniture poverty but who do not qualify for local authority support.
Mr Walker, who enjoyed a tour of the charity’s Dunfermline Pitreavie showroom in May, said: “Furniture Plus offers an invaluable service to Dunfermline and the wider Fife community. They strive to combat poverty by offering quality low-cost furniture to people facing financial hardship. Read more of this post
CSNIPs (Children with Special Needs in Pre-School), based in Comrie, Fife, has received £8,740 from the Big Lottery Fund. The charity enables and supports the inclusion in safe and satisfying pre-school play of Fife children with additional support needs.
Bill Walker, MSP for Dunfermline, welcomed the news: “I’m very happy CSNIPs has secured such a substantial Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery.
“The charity fulfils an important role in helping pre-school children in Fife who require additional support. The positive impact of CSNIPs can be life-changing for families, not only by helping to teach children social skills, but also by giving parents confidence that their children are receiving the correct care. Read more of this post
“I am glad that our local hockey club has received a £7,500 Awards for All grant from sportscotland, reflecting their dedication to the sport in our area.
“The club also received £1,900 Big Lottery funding last year, showing the importance of continued support to sports clubs and organisations throughout Scotland in the run up to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which are now less than a year away. Read more of this post
Labour councillor Mr Rumney, who latterly represented Dunfermline South, served the local area since 1995. He was also currently Chairman of the City of Dunfermline Area Committee.
Mr Walker said: “Mike was very hardworking and someone I found pleasant and straightforward to deal with. Read more of this post
The Bruce Festival has become an eagerly anticipated event in the Fife calendar and takes place on 24th and 25th of August.
Fifteen thousand visitors are expected to flock to Dunfermline and the Glen to enjoy a huge range of free entertainment including a medieval village, storytelling, jousting, battle re-enactments and a food and craft court. Brought to life by Dunfermline Delivers with the support of Fife Council, this event has something for everyone and will no doubt be a great day out for all the family. Read more of this post
On a recent visit to Holyrood, MSP for Dunfermline Bill Walker bumped into a few interesting characters in the parliament’s hallways… And being a politician he, of course, did not miss out on the photo opportunity!
Fife Councillor for Lochgelly and Cardenden, Ian Chisholm, had been attending First Minister’s Question Time along with Tam Livingstone, a well known local activist and community campaigner. Afterwards, the pair met fellow Fifer, Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker, who treated them to lunch. Luckily for Ian and Tam, there were a couple of far more interesting encounters to come. Read more of this post
Jacquelyne Davidson, mother to six-year-old Christopher-Luke, launched hand-painted glassware business Jac By Design in November 2012, after twelve years of glass-painting as a hobby. Read more of this post
The £9.6m Carnegie Primary School is the only Scottish school to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ award. Its environmentally sustainable features include a combined heat and power plant, a wind turbine and external cedar cladding. Read more of this post
Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker is encouraging west Fife community groups to find out if their projects for reducing the carbon footprint of their communities are eligible for funding through the Climate Challenge Fund (CCF).
The CCF makes grants of up to £150,000/yr and includes a Junior Climate Challenge Fund of the same amount. Development Grants of £750 are available to help young people, disadvantaged communities and ethnic minority communities develop their applications. Read more of this post
The scheme will give 24 local young people the chance to participate in supervised activities such as sports, photography, gardening, crafts, indoor games and music. Read more of this post
The Reign, home of Fife’s only national and local league basketball team, provides basketball development for youths and adults in the Dunfermline area. They will use the award to organise five competition evenings for four high school teams from Dunfermline.
Bill Walker, MSP for Dunfermline, said: “Congratulations to the Dunfermline Reign Basketball Club. It’s good to see young people being encouraged to keep healthy and active. Read more of this post
The two-day celebration showcases Dunfermline’s status as the ancient capital of Scotland and burial place of King Robert the Bruce, who lies beneath the pulpit in the Abbey.
Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker said: “The Bruce Festival, and indeed Homecoming Scotland, is important for so many reasons. Read more of this post