12 Aug 2011
Row breaks out over Souter's peerage
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond is at the centre of a row over the SNP Government nominating the party’s biggest donor for a knighthood. Government officials recommended an honour for controversial bus tycoon Brian Souter weeks before he poured £500,000 into SNP coffers. However, a spokesman for Salmond last night insisted there was no ministerial involvement in the nomination process. But a Westminster civil servant has stated in writing that the nomination of Brian Souter “came from the Scottish Government”.