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Daily Political Media Summary: 19 May 2009

Daily Political Media Summary: 19 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

UK banks: UK Financial Investments has begun talks with investors and sovereign wealth funds about selling stakes in part-nationalised British banks (FT page 1).

 Transport  

Parking charges: It can cost up to £35 to leave a car for five hours at some of Scotland’s biggest railway stations, according to a survey by the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 21).

 Education

Nursery teachers: Ministers will today warn Scottish local councils not to reduce the number of qualified teachers working in nurseries, amid concerns that some local authorities are cutting back (Herald page 1).

 Politics

Commons speaker: Michael Martin’s statement to the House yesterday has failed to silence calls for him to resign. MPs from all sides fiercely criticised him in the Commons yesterday (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 1, Telegraph page 1, Times page 1). Hamish Macdonnell comments on the Speaker’s future (Scotsman page 24).

 Credit unions: Scottish MPs have criticised the Scottish Government for cutting ring-fenced funding for credit unions during the economic downturn (Herald page 2, Scotsman page 20).