A shamed former politician has lost a bid to overturn his convictions for twice assaulting a woman during a catalogue of domestic abuse that earned him a prison sentence.
THE UK Independence Party has emerged as the biggest financial loser in all three of Holyrood's recent by-elections.
WIFE-beating former MSP Bill Walker will be released from jail this week, after serving only half his 12-month sentence.
POLITICIANS who break the law will be thrown out of parliament even if they serve less than a year in jail after ministers agreed to cross-party talks on the issue.
Many a politician must envy the French leaders of the past, able to conduct their love lives free from the eyes of prying paparazzi.