Daily Political Media Summary: 16 September 2008


All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions.

Banking crisis:
Comment and analysis on the impact for British Banks following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in the United States. HBOS shares fell by 17.5% yesterday while RBS fell by 12.2%. (Scotsman page 1, Lindsay McIntosh in the Scotsman, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, page 4, Ian McConnell in the Herald, Mail page 1, Alex Brummer in the Mail, Times page 1, David Wighton in the Times, Anatole Kaletsky in the Times, Express page 1, Stephen Kahn in the Express, Mirror page 1, Record page 4, Sun page 1, Courier page 1, P&J page 1, FT page 1, Gillian Tett in the FT, Henry Sender et al in the FT, Avianash Presaud in the FT, Telegraph page 1 and page 4, Jeff Randall in the Telegraph, Guardian page 1 and page 4, Larry Elliot in the Guardian)

Scottish Futures Trust: Further coverage of Labour Party’s call for assurances to be given about the role of Sir Angus Grossart as the new Chairman of the Scottish Futures Trust to ensure there is no conflict of interest. (Herald page 6, Courier page 9)

Protection of savers: The Conservatives have called on Alistair Darling to rush through legislation to boost protection for savers in failing banks in order to increase consumer confidence. (FT page 6)

Aberdeen by-pass:
Bosses from Aberdeen airport yesterday told the public inquiry into t the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, that the new road was “vital” for the future growth of the region. (P&J page 1)

Pilot Health Checks:
The prospects of a new pilot scheme offering health checks in shops and stations is discussed. (Herald page 13)

Dundee University Lecturers
: Lecturers at the university have said they no longer have confidence in those running the university as they claim a three-year-old pay and grading deal has not been honoured. (Herald page 8)

Grants to promote philanthropy: School pupils across Scotland will be given the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of philanthropists thanks to the charitable trust established by Sir Ian Wood and his family. (Herald page 10)

Labour Party:
Further comment on the growing number of Labour MPs calling for a ballot on the party leadership at their conference next week. Housing Minister Caroline Flint as been named by some Labour sources as the perfect candidate to flush out more heavy weight cabinet members to topple Gordon Brown while Iain Gray gave his backing to Gordon Brown yesterday. (Scotsman page 8, Burning issue in the Scotsman, Herald page 1 and page 6, Mail page 4, Rachel Sylvester in the Times, Express page 15, Mirror page 6, Courier page 10, P&J page 5, FT page 8, Telegraph page 12, Guardian page 9, Polly Toynbee in the Guardian)

Lib Dem conference: Day four of the Lib Dem’s conference. Professor John Curtice has said that the party could see its number of MPs drop from 63 to 25 if its current level of popularity was repeated at the general election. The conference yesterday passed policy proposals for income tax cuts, though Vince Cable warned of a 20p hike in fuel duty. (Herald page 7, Douglas Fraser in the Herald, Scotsman page 14, Mail page 4, Times page 20, Mirror page 6, Record page 2, Sun page 2, Courier page 10, P&J page 12, Philip Stephens in the FT, Telegraph page 12, Guardian page 13)

Scottish Lib Dems: Alistair Carmichael has been appointed by Tavish Scott to co-ordinate the party’s General Election campaign in Scotland. (Herald page 7)

By-election: Labour sources have revealed that Gordon Brown wants the Glenrothes by-election held on 6 November, two days after the US election. However party members have apparently warned that if Labour fails to hold Glenrothes the demands for Gordon Brown to leave office would increase. (Times page 13, Record page 2)

Water: According to a report from the Drinking Water Quality Regulator Scotland has the highest quality drinking water since 1991 but is still receiving an “unacceptable” number of complaints. (Herald page 9, Scotsman page 10, Record page 18, P&J page 9)

Women only shortlists: Labour activists are encouraging the party to impose a women only shortlist in the Edinburgh East constituency, after research revealed that only one female Labour MP has represented the city since the First World War. (Scotsman page 17)

Scottish Labour Party: Hamish Macdonell in the Scotsman (page 24) and Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph (page 10) comment on the election of Iain Gray as the new Labour leader in Scotland while the Herald (page 6) reports that he will name his Shadow Cabinet today.