Daily Political Media Summary: 15 May 2009

Reform Scotland

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Daily Political Media Summary: 15 May 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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BT: BT announced yesterday that it is to cut another 15,000 jobs following a loss of £1.3bn in three months. (Scotsman page 15, Herald page 2, FT page 15, page 16, page 17, Times page 48, Guardian page 27, Daily Telegraph page B1, page B3, Press and Journal page 10, The Courier page 16, Daily Record page 5, Daily Mail page 4, Sun page 6)

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Mortgage Lending: New figures announced yesterday revealed a sharp rise in mortgage lending, further boosting hopes for a housing market recovery. (Scotsman page 11, Times page 55, Guardian page 26, The Courier page 8)

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Transport  

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Edinburgh Trams: Edinburgh City Council’s transport chief, Phil Wheeler, has been forced to quit his position, following widespread concern over his role in the Capital’s troubled trams project. (Scotsman page 24)

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Health

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Swine Flu: A teachers’ conference in Aviemore was cancelled yesterday after one of the delegates revealed his wife had suspected Swine Flu. (Scotsman page 21)

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Education

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Social Divide: According to a new report from academics at Edinburgh University, the ‘social divide’ present in the Scottish education system remains ‘as powerful as ever’ in determining how well a child performs at school. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 1, page 4, page 16)

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Education Economics: Professor Walter Humes comments in TESS about Reform Scotland and their recent education bulletin. (TESS page 23)

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Politics

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Expenses: The Labour Party faced fresh embarrassment last night as justice minister Shahid Malik was the latest to be engulfed by the expenses scandal. Coverage of MPs’ expenses continues throughout the press. (Scotsman page 1, page 4, page 5, Herald page 1, page 6, page 17, FT page 2, page 10, Times page 1, page 6, page 7, Guardian page 1, page 2, page 4, page 5, Daily Telegraph page 1, page 2, page 3, page 4, page 5, page 6, page 7, page 8, page 9, page 10, Press and Journal page 1, The Courier page 1, page 10, Daily Record page 2, Daily Mirror page 4, page 5, Daily Mail page 1, page 2, page 6, page 7, page 8, page 9, Daily Express page 1, page 4, page 5, Sun page 2)

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Lord Myners: The Treasury Select Committee will today publish a report criticising the ‘naive’ City minister Lord Myners, for allowing the Royal Bank of Scotland to give their departing chief executive, Sir Fred Goodwin, a ‘bumper’ pension. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 1, FT page 2, Times page 53, Guardian page 25, Daily Telegraph page B3, Press and Journal page 10, The Courier page 8, Daily Record page 4, Daily Mail page 19)

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Scottish Justice Secretary: Opposition parties are considering an unprecedented vote of no confidence in the Scottish justice secretary, Kenny MacAskill, after he provoked fury amongst MSPs last week by ignoring a vote to set up a community court in Glasgow. (Scotsman page 16, Herald page 8, The Courier page 6, Daily Express page 7)

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Scottish Budget: The Shadow Chancellor, George Osborne, strongly hinted yesterday that Scotland’s funding could be reduced under a future Conservative Government. In his speech to the Scottish Conservative party conference in Perth he said that Scotland will have to take its ‘share of the pain’, (Scotsman page 2, Herald page 7, Times page 24, Daily Telegraph page 16, Press and Journal page 9, The Courier page 12)

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Scotland’s Energy: Experts have warned that Scotland’s future as a world leader in renewable energy and clean power is being "seriously imperilled" by plans for a new grid charging regime. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 13)

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Labour Peers: Two Labour peers, Lord Taylor of Blackburn and Lord Truscott, are to become the first to be suspended from the House of Lords in more than 360 years, after they were found guilty of offering to change the law in return for money. (Scotsman page 6, Times page 8, Guardian page 6, Press and Journal page 5, Daily Mail page 8, Sun page 2)

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North American Links: Mike Russell, the minister for external affairs, has told MSPs that historic links between Scotland and North America should be strengthened in order to help the Scottish Government further capitalise on US markets. (Scotsman page 9)