Nicola Sturgeon quits BBC event over Steve Bannon invitation Nicola Sturgeon has pulled out of a conference being jointly hosted by the BBC next month after learning that Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon had been invited to take part. Scotland’s first minister said that allowing Bannon to freely express his opinions risked “legitimising or normalising far-right, racist views”. She was also critical of the BBC for an attempt to justify Bannon’s inclusion at the three-day News Xchange event in Edinburgh on 13 November in an email sent to her office. She is absolutely spot on. The more you allow these creeps into the mainstream the more you risk legitimising nazi trash. I hope that others pull out and the whole thing collapses.