Trump lands tax­payer wind­fall

Ayrshire Post - - PRESTWICK NEWS - Mark Howarth

AroundAro £ 100,000 of tax­payer cash­cas will be paid to Don­ald Trump’sTru lux­ury Turn­berry course.cou

TheTh Car­rick course will host the Scot­tish Golf Tourism WeekWe event, with or­gan­is­ers re­ceiv­ing £ 100,000 from VisitS­cot­land and Scot­tish En­ter­prise.

The news comes weeks af­ter it was re­vealed Trump Turn­berry re­ceived a £ 110,000 tax re­bate from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment.

Labour MSP Colin Smyth said: “This is rank hypocrisy from the SNP.

“When he was First Min­is­ter, Alex Sal­mond wel­comed Trump to Scot­land with open arms only for Ni­cola Stur­geon to give him the cold shoul­der af­ter his ab­hor­rent views be­came pub­lic.

“Now she seems to have changed her mind yet again.”

More than 200 del­e­gates are ex­pected to head to Ayr­shire for the tourism event, from Oc­to­ber 23 to 27.

And Scot­tish Tory cul­ture spokes­woman Rachael Hamil­ton said: “To pre­tend that this won’t ben­e­fit Don­ald Trump by not men­tion­ing him is ridicu­lous.”

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment dis­tanced them­selves from the de­ci­sion, as a spokesman said: “SGTW 2017 is or­gan­ised and pub­li­cised by PSP Me­dia.

“The de­ci­sion on the host venue was made by the or­gan­is­ers.”

And VisitS­cot­land and Scot­tish En­ter­prise both said sup­port for the event, in­clud­ing fund­ing of up to £ 50,000 each de­pend­ing on ex­ter­nal spon­sor­ship, would go di­rectly to or­gan­is­ers PSP Me­dia.

A Trump Turn­berry spokesman said: “We would never com­ment on a com­mer­cial agree­ment that is in place with any of our clients.”

PSP Me­dia failed to com­ment.

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