Daily Political Media Summary: 26 May 2009

Daily Political Media Summary: 26 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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Crime

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Self-harm: Incidents of self harm at Cornton Vale, Scotland’s only women-only prison, have increased by 800%. There were 64 incidents last year, the highest figure of any prison in Scotland (P&J page 3, Record page 12).

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Transport  

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Fare-dodging: ScotRail is to launch a major crackdown against fare-dodgers on its trains after finding widespread misuse of its Flexipass ticket scheme (Herald page 8).

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Health

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Health policy: In an interview the Health Secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, defends her decision not to make greater use of the private sector in the NHS in Scotland and comments on the Scottish Government’s strategy (Times page 8).

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Education

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Languages: There were protests at Edinburgh University yesterday over a proposed £400,000 cut to funding for modern languages over two years (Scotsman page 12).

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Politics

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Constitutional reform: Alan Johnson, the UK Health Secretary, has urged Gordon Brown to consider reforming the electoral system (Herald page 1, Times page 5). David Cameron will today announce that he wants to curb the power of the executive by considering fixed-term parliaments and greater parliamentary scrutiny (Guardian page 1, Scotsman page 1).

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MPs’ expenses: Conservative MPs Nicholas and Anne Winterton, who were recently revealed by the Daily Telegraph to have claimed £80,000 in allowances for a flat owned by a trust controlled by their children, have announced they will not stand at the next election (Herald page 6, Times page 16).

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Church of Scotland: The Church of Scotland has agreed on a two-year moratorium on the appointment of openly gay ministers. A special commission will examine the issue and report in 2011 (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 4, Courier page 1, P&J page 1, Times page 11).