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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pulled out of an Edinburgh conference because former White House strategist Steve Bannon is scheduled to speak at the event.

Sturgeon said she believes "passionately in free speech" but declares she "would not be part of any process that risks legitimizing or normalising far-right, racist views".

Bannon is to be interviewed by a BBC journalist and answer questions at News Xchange, a media conference in Edinburgh from November 14 - 15.

In a statement defending its decision to invite Bannon, seen Sunday on its website, organisers said Bannon is "a key influencer in the rise of populism - one of the dominant political trends of our times".

Bannon spent seven months working in US President Donald Trump's administration, leaving in August 2017.

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