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Daily Political Media Summary: 1 May 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 1 May 2009

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.

Economy

MPs Bank Report: Banks have come under fresh fire from MPs today for ‘starving’ firms of much needed credit whilst being ‘propped up’ by billions of pounds from the taxpayer. The Treasury select committee’s latest report said that this remains an ‘unresolved inconsistency’. Bill Jamieson comments in the Scotsman page 14. (Scotsman page 14, Daily Telegraph page B2, FT page 2, Daily Mail page 19, Daily Mirror page 9, Daily Express page 4)

Standard Life: Edinburgh based insurance group, Standard Life, was yesterday forced to admit that its £100 million U-turn over a ‘safe haven’ pension fund had badly affected its sales at the beginning of this year. (Scotsman page 33, Herald page 35, page 36, Guardian page 32, Daily Telegraph page B4, Press and Journal page 19, Courier page 17, Daily Mail page 97, Daily Express page 19)

Crime

Drug Raids: It was revealed yesterday that more than 60 people have been arrested in a crack down on suspected drug dealers in West Lothian. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 5, Press and Journal page 3, Daily Mail page 5)

Community Court: The former justice secretary, Cathie Jamieson, has criticised the Scottish Government’s decision to ditch plans for Scotland’s first community court. (Herald page 2, page 17)

Health

Swine Flu: It is feared that a Scottish man has become the first to contract swine flu in Britain, following contact with Britain’s first confirmed victims of the virus. There is ongoing coverage throughout the press. Bill Jamieson comments in the Scotsman on page 26. (Scotsman page 4, page 5, page 26, page 27, Herald page 1, Guardian page 1, page 16, page 17, The Times page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1,  FT page 8, page 9, Press and Journal page 1, The Courier page 1, page 13, Daily Mail page 1, page 6, page 7, page 8, page 9, Daily Record page 1, Daily Mirror page 4, page 5, Daily Express page 7, The Sun page 1)

School Run: New figures released today have revealed that fewer children are now walking to school in Scotland than ever before, however the same report shows that thousands more children are cycling. The report follows millions of pounds of government spending to promote ‘active’ forms of transport. (Scotsman page 21, Herald page 3)

Education

Scotland’s Education System: Scotland’s new schools minister, Keith Brown, said yesterday that Scotland’s education system is being overtaken by other nations. He went on to warn that Scotland could be left behind ‘unless we raise our game’. (Scotsman page 16, Times page 8, Daily Telegraph page 1, page 2, page 12, Press and Journal page 13, Daily Mail page 2)

Politics

Defence: Thousands of workers in Scotland’s naval shipyards were warned last night that their jobs could be at risk, after David Cameron admitted that a future Conservative government would review all major defence contracts. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 4, Guardian page 9, page 18, FT page 2, Courier page 12, The Sun page 2)

Gordon Brown: There is coverage throughout the press about the status of Gordon Brown’s leadership following a difficult week for the Prime Minister. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 1, page 2, page 8, Guardian page 1, Times page 6, page 7, Daily Telegraph page 1, page 6, page 29, FT page 2, Press and Journal page 11, Courier page 10, Daily Mail page 10, page 11, Daily Mirror page 6)

Marine Bill: Scotland’s first marine bill was created yesterday in what was heralded as a ‘momentous day’ by Scotland’s environment minister, Richard Lochhead. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 8, Guardian page 21, Press and Journal page 13, Courier page 9)

Iraq: Britain’s military operation in Iraq officially came to an end yesterday more than six years after it begun. (Scotsman page 8, page 9, page 18, page 19, Herald page 4, Guardian page 25, Times page 37, Daily Telegraph page 1, page 4, page 5, Press and Journal page 1, Courier page 1, Daily Mail page 4, Daily Mirror page 1, Daily Express page 1, page 3, page 14, page 15)

National Galleries of Scotland: Ben Thomson, the new chair of the National Galleries of Scotland, has said that wishes to see more collaboration between the country’s two biggest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh. (Herald page 1, page 12)