Vitol chief gives Scottish Tories £100k donation

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. Picture: Lesley Martin
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. Picture: Lesley Martin
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THE Scottish Tories have received one of their biggest donations from the controversial businessman Ian Taylor – a contribution worth £100,000.

Mr Taylor, the chief executive of oil company Vitol, came under fire from the SNP during the referendum after he gave Better Together more than £500,000.

Taylor came under fire after he gave Better Together more than 500,000. Picture: Getty

Taylor came under fire after he gave Better Together more than 500,000. Picture: Getty

It emerged his company had links to the Serbian war criminal Arkan and it was claimed Vitol had avoided tax.

Last night an SNP spokesman said: “If her party has accepted a donation from Mr Taylor it raises serious questions about Ruth Davidson’s judgment. The Tories should do the right thing and hand the money back.”

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The revelation comes as sources in the Scottish Conservatives say they are “on track” to have their biggest election war chest for Holyrood with a target of having £1.2 million to spend.

The Tories have pointed out that Mr Taylor was lauded by the SNP when in 2009 and 2010 the Taylor Family Trust gave a total of £50,000 to Sistema Scotland.

A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: “We are very pleased that a Scottish business leader of Mr Taylor’s experience and standing has seen fit to back us ahead of next year’s elections.”

Mr Taylor said: “I believe the Scottish Conservatives are best placed to promote the Union going into next year’s Scottish elections.”