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Property tycoon in race to be Scot of the year

The entrepreneur, who is half Scottish, has been nominated for the annual award organised by London-based charity ScotsCare for his vision and investment in Scotland.

He often talks about his Scottish roots. His mother Mary McLeod was born in Stornoway on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in 1912.

When he was battling against officialdom for planning permission for his Trump International Golf Links development at Menie Estate, Balmedie, he declared that going ahead with the project would be like going home to his roots.

After a year long battle which included a public inquiry after environmentalists objected to the development, formal planning permission for the resort was finally granted on December 16 for what Trump predicts will be 'the world's greatest golf course.'

The development includes two championship golf courses, a 450-bedroom hotel and housing as well as holiday apartments and golf villas.

The winner of the title will be announced to mark Burns Day on the 25th of January. Last year's winner Gordon Brown is once again in the running as is BBC Television's sport personality of the year and Olympic hero Chris Hoy.

Others are tennis player Andy Murray, author A.L Kennedy, Dr Who actor David Tennant, actress Kelly Macdonald, former Royal Bank of Scotland chief Sir Fred Goodwin, TV chef Gordon Ramsey and Mark Beaumont, round the world cycling champion.

'Every year we hold this vote to find Scot of the year and its always interesting, if sometimes surprising to see who the public choose,' said ScotsCare Chief Executive Willie Docherty.

ScotsCare is a charity for Scots based in London who are in need, hardship or distress. ScotsCare helps first and second generation Scots, in line with this the poll also covers first and second generation Scots.