A GAS firm has given Scottish Labour and the Scottish Liberal Democrats £200,000 each to oppose the SNP at Holyrood, it has been revealed.

The Daily Record reported that Peak Scientific, a global gas generator company headquartered in Scotland, donated the huge sum so the two parties could “positively communicate their plans for improving public services in Scotland”.

The Inchinnan-based firm has donated to other pro-Union parties before, including the Tories. The newest donation was made through its parent company Dusty TLP Ltd.

It comes after Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar revealed that his party had fundraised just £250 during the 12 months before his election.

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It also comes just over a month away from the Scottish council elections.

Peak Scientific, which has offices around the world, including in America, Italy and Spain, describes itself as a “leading innovator and global expert” in hydrogen and nitrogen gas generator systems.

A spokesperson for Peak Scientific: “We have made political donations to a number of parties over the years.

"We feel it is important that current opposition parties are well funded so they can positively communicate their plans for improving public services in Scotland by maximising the potential of the powers devolved to the Scottish Parliament.”

Scottish LibDem leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said: “I would like to thank Peak Scientific for their support.

“This donation is a massive vote of confidence in the party, my leadership and our prospects for growth across Scotland.

“Scotland has been held back by an SNP government obsessed with breaking up the UK.

“It’s up to the Liberal Democrats and progressive allies to set out a vision for a Scotland with strong public services, a commitment to public education and a platform for businesses to flourish. That’s how to get the SNP out of power.

“Peak Scientific’s donation will enable us to take a liberal message of new hope and partnership to all parts of Scotland, recruit and support excellent local candidates and develop the party’s political agenda over the next couple of years.

“It’s an exciting moment for our party.”

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He added: “It is no secret that I get on well with Anas Sarwar. While there are obviously areas where we disagree, we both recognise the value of working with others and the need for fresh government in Scotland after 15 years of decline due to the stale, tired SNP.”

A Scottish Labour spokesperson said: “We are grateful for any donations which help us offer Scotland an alternative to the division and chaos of the SNP and the Tories.

“Scottish Labour are fighting to build a better future for Scotland, and we welcome everyone joining us on that journey.

“On May 5 you can vote Scottish Labour to elect a local champion who will put your community first and fight for the issues that matter to you.”

An SNP spokesperson said: "Labour and the Lib Dems have nothing positive to offer the people of Scotland as they continue to advocate for Westminster control and subject Scotland to Tory cuts and callous policies like the bedroom tax.

"This will do nothing to stop Labour sliding even further into irrelevance in Scotland - and the Lib Dems are so far beyond irrelevant they are not even recognised as an official party in the Scottish Parliament."

A spokesperson for the Scottish Greens told The National: “The obvious question is what this gas firm expects to get in return for its donations. The Scottish Greens do not rely on wealthy donors or murky sponsorship but are clearly outperforming these parties when it comes to building a fair and green recovery for Scotland’s citizens.”