As-it-happened: Donald Trump before Holyrood committee

Key points

  • US tycoon Donald Trump appeared before a Holyrood inquiry to say that the Scottish government's policy of promoting wind farms is a mistake.
  • The businessman is strongly opposing plans for an offshore development near the site of his new £1bn golf resort, in Aberdeenshire.
  • Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond and his SNP government believe offshore wind is a vital part of Scotland's green energy drive.

Live text

Reporting:

  • Steven Brocklehurst 
  • Deirdre Kelly 
  • Liz Rawlings 

Last updated 25 April 2012

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Hello, and welcome to our live video and text coverage of the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee which is hearing evidence from US businessman Donald Trump.

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Mr Trump is expected to start answering questions from committee members at 10:00.

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Andrew Black, Political reporter, BBC Scotland

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond isn't around at Holyrood today - he's in London to give a speech at an Institute of Directors event. Donald Trump's anti-wind farm comments, along with on-going questions to do with his relationship with Rupert Murdoch, raised at the Leveson Inquiry, means Mr Salmond doesn't have his work to seek right now.

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FoE Scotland tweets: 93% of Scots polled are either more supportive or their views unchanged by Trump's comments on wind power

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Convener Murdo Fraser begins the session - laying out some ground rules and welcoming those in the public gallery. He asks for no clapping or booing from members of the public.

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Donald Trump Donald Trump starts his address to the committee

Donald Trump makes his opening statement saying "it is one of the most serious problems Scotland will have or has had".

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Trump says he is in favour of wave renewable energy but he is against wind turbines.

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BBC's James Cook tweets: Fair to say the other witnesses are not, so far, displaying the same theatricality as Donald #Trump.

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Trump says he has spent a tremendous amount of money building what many are considering the greatest golf course in the world. He does not want that destroyed by 11 monstrosities just one mile out at sea.