Salmond brands Trump 'loser' over failed wind farm challenge

Reports of a war of words between Scotland's former first minister Alex Salmond and US presidential hopeful Donald Trump over a Supreme Court decision which gave the go-ahead for a wind farm off the Scottish coast feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports on yesterday’s news that Trump has failed in a Supreme Court bid to block the construction of an offshore windfarm close to his luxury Scottish golf resort. The newspaper says that Salmond branded Trump "three times a loser", referring to the fact that he had suffered repeated defeats in the Scottish courts before taking his fight to the supreme court. But Trump retorted in a statement: "Does anyone care what this man thinks? He’s a has been and totally irrelevant", the newspaper adds.

The Times (subscription required) reports that it has learnt that Gatwick airport "will open a new front in its campaign to build a second runway by promising to stagger the work over two decades". The newspaper says that "Britain’s second-biggest airport will seek to seize the initiative from Heathrow in the new year by pledging to create extra capacity over four phases between 2021 and 2040, as opposed to one large-scale construction project."

The Telegraph reports that the "bosses of some of Britain’s biggest companies have called on the government to decide on Heathrow expansion by the end of May, amid growing fears a third runway will be mired in political wrangling and never built." The newspaper says that "more than 50 business leaders and lobbyists, including British Land chief Chris Grigg, Legal & General chairman John Stewart and WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell, have put their names to an open letter to David Cameron that urges the Prime Minister to commit to delivering a ‘clear and final’ decision to expand Heathrow ‘no later’ than May."

The Guardian reports that a list of areas "that have seen the biggest increases in the numbers of million-pound properties this year is dominated by east London boroughs such as Barking and Dagenham, Newham and Waltham Forest."

The Guardian also reports that "a new concert hall for London would cost £278 million and should be built near St Paul’s Cathedral on the site of the Museum of London, a six-month feasibility study has concluded." The newspaper says that the government "said it would provide £5.5 million to fund a full business case for the planned hall, which would be home to the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) under the leadership of Sir Simon Rattle. The City of London Corporation has indicated a willingness in principle to make land available for the venue."

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