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Scotland’s ruling SNP woos tycoon who shunned Nicola Sturgeon – POLITICO

Scotland’s ruling SNP woos tycoon who shunned Nicola Sturgeon – POLITICO

LONDON — The Scottish government asked a controversial business chief who shunned Nicola Sturgeon to help arrange a glitzy industry dinner at a five-star hotel. Brian Souter, a socially conservative entrepreneur who has challenged LGBTQ+ equalities law in Scotland, broke away from the Scottish National Party during Sturgeon’s time at the top of the country’s ruling party. But documents released to POLITICO under freedom of information law show Souter has been extensively courted by aides to Sturgeon’s successor Humza Yousaf, who enlisted Souter to help organize the dinner meant to repair ties between government and business. The newly disclosed emails show the Scottish first minister’s senior advisers liaised with Souter when arranging the gathering in Edinburgh last summer. Souter agreed to help “nudge” other business figures to attend. It’s the latest twist in a storied history for the SNP and Souter. Formerly the party’s largest donor, Souter stopped donating altogether when Sturgeon replaced Alex Salmond at the helm of the party in 2014. He never gave a public reason for his lack of financial support …