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Daily Political Media Summary: 15 October 2008

All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions.

Economy
Banking Crisis:
Further coverage of the crisis surrounding UK banks with Gordon Brown calling for a ‘new world order in finance’ and claiming that an independent Scotland could not have bailed out the banks. Questions are also being raised over the Lloyds TSB takeover of HBOS. (Herald page 1 and page 6, George Kerevan in The Scotsman, The Scotsman pages 1, 4, 6, 7 & 25, Press and Journal page 8, The Courier and Advertiser page 12, The Times page 1 and page 2, David Wighton in the Times, Patrick Hosking in The Times, Daniel Finkelstein in the Times, Tim Congdon in the Times, FT page 1, page 2 and page 17, Daily Telegraph Business page 3, Daily Telegraph page 1, page 4 and page 10, The Sun page 1 and page 10, Daily Mail page 6 and page 14)

Hi-Tech Plant Closure: 800 jobs are to go at the Scottish manufacturing operation of Freescale Semiconductor in East Kilbride. (Herald page 1)

Inflation rises to over 5%: The latest Consumer Prices Index (CPI) showed that inflation was up from 4.7% in August to 5.2% in September. (Herald page 5, Herald page 27, The Guardian page 6, The Scotsman page 5, The Scotsman Business page 30, The Courier and Advertiser page 12, The Times page 3, FT page 4, The Sun page 2)

M & S Energy launch: Marks and Spencer today announced their partnership with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) to allow customers to purchase gas and electricity from the company. The energy will be secured by SSE from large scale hydro sources in Scotland. (The Herald page 11)

Tax plea for businesses: Scottish Chambers of Commerce CE, Liz Cameron, has made a plea to the government asking that HM Revenue and Customs to show compassion towards struggling businesses slow on their tax payments due to the economic slow-down. (The Scotsman Business section page 29)

SNP six-point plan: Alex Salmond and government ministers last night agreed a six-point plan in which measures would be taken to boost development and help struggling households in the face of the current economic situation. (Press and Journal page 1, The Courier and Advertiser page 12, The Sun page 2, The Daily Express page 4)

House Prices: House prices are expected to drop further and analysts predict that it will be 2010 before they start to recover. (The Sun page 2)

Glasgow in top-ten world cities to visit: Glasgow has been named by the Lonely Planet Guide as being one of the top-ten cities in the world to visit. It was the only UK city featured on the list which describes it as a contemporary tourist spot. (Daily Telegraph page 1)

Crime
Gang membership research:
Studies conducted around the UK, including Glasgow, claim that many children and young people in deprived areas see gang membership as a coping mechanism. (Herald page 10, The Sun page 12)

Alternatives to prison: Fiona Garwood discusses the ineffectiveness of Scottish prisons and what alternative options are available to lessen the chances of re-offending. (The Scotsman page 25)

Transport
Multi-car households:
Nearly one quarter of all Scottish households have access to two or more cars it has been claimed in recent figures. This is despite 85% of respondents stating that they live within six minutes of a bus stop. (The Herald page 11)

Train subsidies: The current recession could mean that the government will not be able to carry out a multi-billion pound subsidy cut to train operators if passenger numbers keep decreasing. (The Guardian page 26)

Levenmouth rail link: A £45 million plan to reinstate the Levenmouth railway link has had further support from a recent study which recommends that an existing line is used rather than building another route. (The Courier and Advertiser page 4)

Health
Neonatal staff shortages:
A leading charity for premature babies has shown that there has been a shortfall of 1700 neonatal nurses across the UK. It also found that that only five units nationwide met recommended standards. (The Guardian page 15, Daily Telegraph page 12)

Senior nurses responsible for hygiene: In 2010, senior charge nurses in some Highland hospitals will see their responsibilities stretch to include ensuring that cleanliness and hygiene standards are met as matrons did. (The Press and Journal page 9, The Sun page 2, Daily Mail page 11)

Politics
SNP Conference:
In advance of the SNP Conference in Perth, Alex Salmond has defended the records of countries in the so-called ‘arc of prosperity’. The conference itself has attracted far more exhibitors than it did at its previous one held two years ago. (Herald page 6, The Scotsman page 17)

Glenrothes By-Election: Gordon Brown has confirmed that he intends to campaign personally in the by-election and calls on other Labour MPs to follow suit. (Herald page 6, The Press and Journal page 9, The Courier and Advertiser page 10, The Times page 7, The Sun page 2, The Sun page 6, The Daily Express page 6)