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Daily Political Media Summary: 7 October 2008

All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. 

Economy
Banking crisis: The FTSE-100 index fell almost 8% yesterday, the worst one-day fall since Black Monday in 1987, finishing the day at its lowest level for four years. The Government is expected to inject between £30 and £50bn into UK banks too boost confidence. However a survey conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce suggests the UK is already in recession and unemployment will rise by up to 350,000 next year. (Herald page 1 and page 5,Alf Young in the Herald, Scotsman page 1 and page 6, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, David Bell in the Scotsman, Record page 1, Mirror page 1, Guardian pages 1 and 2, Sun page 1, Patrick O’Flynn in the Daily Express, Daily Express page 1, Anatole Kaletsky in the Times, Times page 1, Peter Osborne in the Daily Mail, Daily Mail page 2, Howard Davies in the Daily Telegraph, Boris Johnson in the Daily Telegraph, Daily Telegraph page 1, Press and Journal page 1 and page 12, Gideon Rachman and Philip Stephens in the FT, FT page 1 and page 2)

Poverty: In the Guardian, Polly Toynbee comments on the reasons for the current banking collapse, and the widespread effects it has had on the less well off in British society.

Obesity Threat: The cost of treating obese patients on the NHS is set to rise from £4.2bn to £6.3bn in the next 7 years. It has also been cited that three quarters of British adults are now overweight. (Daily Mail page 11)

Transport
Rail strikes: Signalling workers for Network Rail will walk out at noon today to take part in the first of two 24-hour strikes, the second scheduled for Thursday. The industrial action is over changes to staff rosters. (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 7, Burning issue in the Scotsman, Record page 6, Sun page 2, Daily Express page 7, Times page 21, Daily Mail pages 1 and 2, Daily Telegraph page 12, Press and Journal page 1, Courier and Advertiser page 1)

BA: Alex Salmond is to meet the head of British Airways today amid concerns that the company may pull out of Scotland. (Scotsman page 12)

Health
MS: Scottish scientists claim to have made a breakthrough in offering new medication to MS sufferers. (Herald page 6, Scotsman page 7, Record page 26, Daily express page 12)

Lung cancer: People living in the west coast of Scotland are 50% more likely to die of lung cancer than elsewhere in the UK. (Record page 25, Daily Mail page 17, Daily Telegraph page 8, Press and Journal page 6, Courier and Advertiser page 3)

Politics
Glenrothes by-election: The new Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy is expected to confirm today that the Glenrothes by-election will take place on November 6th. (Herald page 5, Record page 2, Daily Telegraph page 1, Press and Journal page 1, Courier and Advertiser page 1)

Voluntary checks: The Scottish Government is proposing a streamlined system to check past records of people working or volunteering with children. (Herald page 2)

Jim Murphy: Robbie Dinwoodie in the Herald (page 15) comments that success of Labour at the next general election will rest largely on Jim Murphy’s shoulders.

Labour: In the Times, Rachel Sylvester comments on the Cabinet re-shuffle by Gordon Brown and the possible results it will have on the fortunes of the Labour Party.

SNP: Hamish MacDonell in the Scotsman (page 24) comments that the SNP’s honeymoon period may now be over. (Angus MacLeod in the Times)

Frank Doran: Aberdeen North labour MP Frank Doran has been given a new role by the PM. He has been asked to improve communications between business and the unions within Scotland and the UK Government. (Press and Journal page 6)

Sentencing: Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has stated that the Scottish Government will not intervene to end sentences to those sentenced to six month or less. (Courier and Advertiser page 6)