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Monday, 27 September, 2010 - 17:07

The former principal of an Aberdeen university is set to hand back an honorary degree in protest at a similar award being given to Donald Trump.

The Tripping Up Trump group said Dr David Kennedy was "appalled" at Robert Gordon University's plans for the US tycoon's honour next month.

Mr Trump's plans to build the "world's greatest golf course" in Aberdeenshire has proved divisive in the north east.

Tripping Up Trump said Dr Kennedy would return the doctorate on Tuesday.

Martin Glegg from the protest group, of...

Monday, 13 September, 2010 - 22:22

The National Union of Journalists has protested about the arrest and detention of two documentary film-makers who were investigating complaints about building works at Donald Trump's golf resort near Aberdeen.

Anthony Baxter and Richard Phinney were arrested for breach of the peace, held for four hours, and had their DNA, photographs and fingerprints taken, after the Trump organisation accused them of entering its offices at the site and filming documents without permission.

The two men were arrested as they investigated...

Monday, 13 September, 2010 - 22:20

A fresh row has broken out between Donald Trump and the main opponent of his plan to build “the world’s greatest golf course” in the north-east.

Michael Forbes has become the first objector to the American billionaire’s latest planning application for the Menie Estate, north of Aberdeen.

With work on the £750million development under way, Mr Trump has brought forward his application for a maintenance unit, which will include workers’ accommodation and a mechanics’ workshop.

The facility will look directly over Mr Forbes...

Trump wary of building hotel next to ‘junkyard’, says son

Thursday, 9 September, 2010 - 19:25

Donald Trump has concerns about building a five-star hotel by the golf course he is developing near Aberdeen while it overlooks what his son has described as a “junkyard” and a barn covered in “slanderous language”.

However, the owner of the property which stands in Trump’s way, Michael Forbes, has rejected the criticisms and insisted there is no way he would ever sell his land to the American billionaire.

Mr Forbes’s house on the Menie Estate, near Balmedie, is under threat from a compulsory purchase order to ensure the...

Councillors oust critic of Trump golf resort

Thursday, 9 September, 2010 - 19:23

An outspoken critic of Donald Trump's plans to build a £750million golf resort in the north-east has been ousted from a key local authority post.

Independent Debra Storr was removed as vice-chairwoman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Formartine area committee yesterday after councillors voted to have her replaced with immediate effect.

The unceremonious exit mirrors that of her friend Martin Ford, who was dumped as chairman of the infrastructure committee in November 2007 after using his casting vote to temporarily bunker Mr Trump’s...

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