Daily Political Media Summary: 30 April 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 30 April 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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EU Banking Rules: European officials are set to ‘stamp on’ bankers’ bonuses in an effort to quell public anger over ‘rewards for failure’ and to usher in tighter rules for the £2 trillion hedge fund and private equity industry. (Scotsman page 31, Daily Telegraph page B5, FT page 1, Daily Mail page 80) 

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Lloyds Banking Group: Lloyds Banking Group is to axe 50 jobs in Edinburgh following the announcement of the merger of its Scottish Widows and Clerical Medial sales force. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 2, Daily Telegraph page B2, Daily Mail page 8, Daily Express page 64)

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Donald Trump: It has been reported that Donald Trump, the billionaire behind the controversial £1 billion golf and housing development at the Menie estate in Aberdeenshire, is poised to expand his global business empire by taking over recession-hit, high-profile developments in Scotland. (Scotsman page 7)

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Crime

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Court System Review: The Scottish Government announced yesterday that the work of sheriff and jury criminal courts is to be scrutinised in an independent review. Justice Secretary, Kenny MacAskill, said its findings would be reported to ministers by summer next year. (Herald page 2)

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Local Government

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Edinburgh Culture ‘Super-Trust’: Controversial plans are being considered by Edinburgh City Council chiefs which would see major cultural venues in Scotland’s capital either run by a new ‘super-trust’ or sold off to the private sector. (Scotsman page 22)

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Health

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Swine Flu: A global outbreak of swine flu was said to be ‘imminent’ last night as the World Health Organisation raised the official alert to level 5, just one short of a full blown pandemic. (Scotsman page 1, page 4, page 5, page 6, Herald page 1, page 4, page 5, Guardian page 1, page 2, page 4, page 5, page 6, page 22, page 23, Times page 6, page 7, page 8, Daily Telegraph page 1, page 2, page 4, page 5, FT page 8, Press and Journal page 1, page 10, page 11, The Courier page 1, page 13, Daily Record page 4, page 5, Daily Mail page 10, page 11, Daily Mirror page 4, page 5, Daily Express page 7, The Sun page 1, page 4, page 5, page 6)

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Motor Neurone Disease: Scientists at Edinburgh University have discovered that a fish native to Himalayan streams could hold the key to a cure for motor neurone disease. The 3cm long zebrafish is able to produce motor neurones, the cells that control all muscle activity in the body. (Scotsman page 3, Herald page 9, Daily Telegraph page 12, Daily Record page 49, Daily Mail page 41) 

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Politics

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Gurkhas Victory: A motion by the Liberal Democrats to allow all Gurkha soldiers UK residence rights has resulted in a ‘shock’ 21-vote defeat for Gordon Brown in the House of Commons yesterday. (Scotsman page 2, Herald page 1, page 6, page 16, Guardian page 3, Times page 1, page 2, page 4, page 5, Daily Telegraph page 1, page 25, FT page 1, Press and Journal page 1, The Courier page 12, Daily Mail page 1, Daily Mirror page 6, Daily Express page 1, page 2, page 3, The Sun page 1, page 2)

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Green Energy Grants: The level of grants to help communities develop small-scale renewable energy schemes has been increased by the Scottish Government by 50 per cent. Up to £150,000 is now available to fund technical support, training and installation of green energy equipment. (Scotsman page 23)

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Housing: Scottish Housing Minister Alex Neil said yesterday that problems with the quality of housing in Scotland have not been fully tackled since the industrial revolution. His comments came as he set out what ministers were doing to increase the number of ‘affordable’ homes in the recession-hit industry. (Scotsman page 22)