CONVICTED wife-beater and former Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker has released a book claiming to “set the record straight” over his past.

The shamed ex-politician claims he has “much to say about the murky world of internal party politics and his treatment by a Scottish legal system which, his supporters suggest, had little connection with the pursuit of justice” in the blurb for his autobiography ‘Bill Walker: My Story’.

Walker, 75, was elected as the SNP MSP for Dunfermline in 2011 but was kicked out of the party the following year after being charged with a catalogue of domestic abuse offences against three former wives.

He was accused of 30 separate offences between 1967 and 1995 but continued as an independent MSP until he was jailed for 12 months in September 2013.

Disgraced Walker had denied 23 charges of assault – which included striking his then teenage step-daughter with a saucepan during an attack in 1978 – and one of breach of the peace, but was found guilty of all at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

After he was sentenced, Sheriff Kathrine Mackie said he had shown no acknowledgement of his “unacceptable behaviour” and that she had “formed the impression that in the few incidents where you acknowledged the use of physical force you believe you were entitled to or justified in its use and certainly have made no apology for it”, and that there was “no indication of any motivation to change”.

After being found guilty, Walker initially defied calls for him to stand down – led by then First Minister Alex Salmond and joined by the Press – before he eventually bowed to the pressure ahead of his sentencing, complaining there had been a “media onslaught” against him.

An appeal against his sentence was thrown out in October 2013.

Walker served just half of his jail sentence and was released from Dumfries Prison in March 2014, sparking anger among his former opponents.

Then Dunfermline Labour MP Thomas Docherty said he was “staggered with disbelief” at Walker’s early release, while Fife Women’s Aid described it as “ludicrous” in light of what they said was a “particularly violent case”.

Despite his conviction, Walker claims the book “covers a private and professional life, full of interest and surprise”, and discusses his journey to becoming a “patent-earning leader in the global development of nuclear medicine scanning, before entering other professional areas”.

The self-published title promises to reflect on a private life that “was less smooth with periods of great happiness, fulfilment, frustration and desperate sadness” and that “his later entry into elected politics exposed personal and political treachery against him at the highest level”.

In 2015, it was reported by The Herald that Walker had, unsuccessfully, contacted an Edinburgh-based publisher in a bid to have his life story published.

Walker’s publication can be found online at Amazon Books.