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Daily Political Media Summary Oct 31 2008

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Daily Political Media Summary: Friday 31st October 2008
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HBOS
: Lloyds TSB have announced a new predominantly London based management team. The top 11 posts will go to Lloyd’s employees with only 2 HBOS executives included. This is despite vociferous argument from the First Minister Alex Salmond over headquarters and key decision making to be in Scotland. Alistair Darling has admitted that the HBOS takeover may not go ahead while MSPs have voted to keep HBOS independent as fears grew for Scottish workers. (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 1 and page 5, P&J page 14, Courier page1, Guardian page 15, Times page 48, Telegraph Business page 1, Telegraph page 13, Sun page 2, Commentary Bill Jamieson Scotsman page 24)Commentary Magnus Linklater Times page 18)
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\r\nIncome Tax Cut: MSPs voted overwhelmingly to reject the 2p income tax cut championed by the Liberal Democrats. (Courier page 9, Mailpage 2)
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Tory Tax Rise: Shadow Chancellor George Osborne will pave the way today for tax rises under a Conservative government whilst warning against the “con” of short term Labour tax cuts (FT page 2, Guardian page 13)
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Standard Life: The Life Insurance and Pensions giant has assured the city that while it has weaker than expected nine month sales figures its capital position is strong. (P&J page 20, FT page 2)
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Bank Bailout: The UK Government has urged banks to use the £50bn bailout plan to increase lending to small and medium sized business. (Herald page 2, Sun page 2)
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\r\nEducation
\r\nStudent Teachers: Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop has announced that Student teachers are to be offered extra “Golden Hellos” of £2000 as an incentive to train in remote parts of Scotland. This is too tackle the crisis in school recruitment in more remote areas. (Herald page 1 and page 5)
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Teachers on the Dole: The number of teachers seeking employment has risen to over 50%. This is a three year high. In remote areas however there is still a shortage of permanent teachers. (Times Educational Supplement page 1)
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Curriculum: The largest teaching union in Scotland has warned that the Scottish Governments exam system proposals will simply shift the problems of over assessment in S5 down to the S4 year group (Times Educational Supplement page 3)
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\r\nHealth
\r\nLife Expectancy Gulf Growing: Data from the office for national statistics showed that while life expectancy in Scotland has increased it is still lower when compared with the UK average. (Herald page 2, Telegraph page 10)
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Assisted Suicide: Margo MacDonald has announced that she hopes to bring a new bill aiming to legalise assisted suicide in Scotland, before parliament next year. (Herald page 6, Scotsman page 14, P&J page 9, Courier page 9, Guardian page 5, Times page 9, Telegraph page 6, Mail page 31, Sun page 2, Express page 6)
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Alcohol Abuse: Children as young as five should be taught about alcohol misuse warns Richard Paterson of Whisky Company White and Mackay. (Scotsman page 11, Record page 2)
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NHS Tayside: NHS Tayside, Grampian and Highland are facing a spending cut of £115m over three years. Health board chiefs, while admitting the situation is difficult say that jobs are not at risk. (P&J page 1, Times page 8)
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\r\nPolitics
\r\nGlenrothes: Gordon Brown is to lead a huge final push in the last days leading to the by-election following his second visit to Glenrothes while Alex Salmond has received criticism as he vows to campaign in Glenrothes everyday. SNP activists have been accused of rigging odds in order to regain momentum. (Herald page 6, Scotsman page 12, Courier 11, Mail page 4) The SSP candidate called for an assurance that councils will be able to pay for free school meals (Courier page 11) Comentary – Gerri Peev suggest labour and SNP know the SNP will win (Scotsman page 8)
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\r\nTory Poll Lead Slashed: The Conservative poll lead over labour has fallen from 24 points to single figures in five months as Gordon Brown benefits from handling of the credit crunch. (Telegraph page 1)
\r\nConquer the Crunch: Finance Secretary John Swinney addressing the Institute of Directors (Scotland) has claimed that through the massive infrastructure investment programme and the development of the Scottish Futures Trust Scotland can emerge stronger from the crisis. (Courier page 9)
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Public Services: Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) Professor Alice Brown has warned that Scots no longer feel they can rely on public services. Her annual report suggested that long term problems remain. (Herald page 10)
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Politician of the Year: The Competition is between Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon and
\r\nJohn Swinney. It is the first time the same names have featured in successive years. (Herald
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