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Daily Political Media Summary: 27 March 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 27 March 2009

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All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper’s website, the relevant page reference is blue and underlined.

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Economy

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Dunfermline Rescue: It has been revealed that the Chancellor, Alastair Darling, has held private talks with Alex Salmond to discuss the possible rescue of the troubled Dunfermline Building Society. The Herald have reported that £31m of the expected £60m bailout, will be for losses made by a subsidiary that was set up to develop a specialist IT mortgage system. (Scotsman page 2, Herald page 1, page 36)

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RBS: The Royal Bank of Scotland has acted to boost its bottom line by offering to buy back more than £15billion worth of its debt from investors. The deal is planned to assure investors of its viability. (Scotsman page 39, Herald page 36, page 37, Daily Mail page 82)

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Sir Fred Goodwin: Business leaders in Edinburgh have issued a security alert to more than 2,000 companies following the attack on Sir Fred Goodwin’s home which occurred earlier in the week. Yesterday Labour MSP Margaret Curran told the Scottish Parliament that while she could not ‘indulge or endorse’ the attacks, she shared the public’s fury. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 9, Daily Mail page 11, Daily Record page 1, page 4, page 5)

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National Trust for Scotland: It has been revealed that the ‘cash-strapped’ National Trust for Scotland has been considering plans to merge with its English counterpart to aid its current financial concerns. (Scotsman page 23)

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Economic Crisis: Bill Jamieson comments in the Scotsman about the need for the UK Government to display clear and visible leadership during the recession, while Jeffery Sachs argues that any sustainable approach to the current economic crisis must involve the developing world.  (Scotsman page 26, Scotsman page 28)

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Business Regulation Costs: Figures published today have revealed that recession-hit Scottish companies were saddled with an extra £600million worth of ‘red tape’, taking the financial burden of regulation on business to £4.8billion since 1998. (Scotsman page 33, Herald page 37, Courier page 9, Daily Telegraph page B5, Press and Journal page 13, Daily Mail page 19)

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Local Government

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Dundee City Council: The Lord Provost of Dundee, John Letford, who quit the Labour group earlier in the week to stand as an independent, has claimed that he was offered a ‘bribe’ of an OBE by the leader of the Labour group on Dundee City Council.  It is expected that Lord Provost Letford will vote with the 14-strong SNP group next week to ensure the party gets the 15 votes required to take control of the 29-seat council from the present Labour and Liberal Democrat administration. (Scotsman page 9, Times page 8, Press and Journal page 1, Daily Record page 44, Daily Express page, Sun Page 29)

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GHA: The Scottish Government and Labour-run Glasgow City Council are pulling together in an attempt to reduce the role and responsibilities of the Glasgow Housing Association, Europe’s biggest social landlord. (Herald page 1, page 4)

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Dumfries and Galloway Council: In a report released today, the Accounts Commission has concluded that urgent action must be taken to tackle ‘serious weaknesses’ at Dumfries and Galloway council. (Herald page 13)

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Health

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Cervical Cancer Jab: More than 90 per cent of eligible schoolgirls in Scotland have been vaccinated against the human papillomavirus associated with cervical cancer. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page, Times page 24, Courier page 8, Daily Telegraph page 14, Press and Journal page 9, Daily Express page 16)

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Life-Expectancy Gap: New figures from the General Register Office for Scotland have revealed that the life expectancy gap between rich and poor in Scotland has grown since Labour came to office in 1997. (Scotsman page 21, Daily Mail page 25, Daily Express page 19)

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Politics

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UK hostages: A deal has been struck to free five British men held in Iraq. The hostages, including two Scots, have been kept captive for two years by a Shi\’ite group demanding the release of prisoners from American detention. (Scotsman page 1, page 2, Guardian page 1)

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Alcohol Policy Plans: A deal between the SNP and Labour, for a joint plan to tackle Scotland’s drinking culture, is reported to be close to agreement. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 7, Times page 5)