Daily Record
John Ferguson
09 June 2024

Multi-millionaire businessman Forsyth Black has emerged as a secret bidder to buy the profitable nationalised facility – despite having been appointed chairman by ministers to run it on behalf of the public.

John Swinney is facing an “inside job” conflict of interests scandal over his government’s plans to sell Prestwick Airport.

And the Sunday Mail has uncovered evidence that Black previously blocked and failed to pass on rival bids.

At a Holyrood committee meeting in December 2023 he admitted having knowledge of alternative bids that were not passed on to ministers. He suggests that even senior management had not been given full sight of bids because they could be “very distracting”, and that a “pre-filter” was being applied.

[Read more: John Swinney accused of 'inside job' over bid to sell Prestwick Airport - Daily Record]

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