A UK government minister has delivered a dismissive snub to BBC Scotland after rejecting a request for an interview.
Philip Hammond was visiting Edinburgh in order to reassure Financial Technology companies worried about the effects of Brexit.
The UK Chancellor met with representatives from the Scottish asset management sector and visited Nucleus Financial, one of Scotland’s biggest fintech firms.
However asked by BBC Scotland for an interview to discuss his visit, the Chancellor refused.
The refusal is the latest in a string of snubs delivered to BBC Scotland by senior Conservatives. Last year UK government ministers wouldn’t speak to BBC Scotland reporter Andrew Kerr.
In January this year Nick Eardley was told no one from the UK government was available to speak to the BBC Scotland reporter on Brexit.
Others frequently not prepared to be interviewed by BBC Scotland include Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell and Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson.
Both politicians have refused interviews with BBC Scotland on a range of controversial issues.
Despite the repeated refusal of senior Conservatives to make themselves available for interview, BBC Scotland reporters remain reluctant to confront the politicians.
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