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China deal timeline: what is Nicola Sturgeon hiding?

May 1, 2016 4:07 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

In March Nicola Sturgeon signed a deal with two Chinese companies that could be worth up to £10bn. But she didn't tell anyone about it.

This is unusual. The SNP government usually would put out a press release about the opening of an envelope. But days after the deal was signed, the top news stories on the government website were on changes to dog fouling fines and an update on the Scottish beaver population.

Soon afterwards, newspaper reports linked one of the firms involved with corruption and human rights abuses. Now the Scottish Government say they won't publish correspondence on the controversial agreement until after the election.

People are asking "what else does Nicola Sturgeon has to hide?"

This is how the controversy unfolded: