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Daily Political Media Summary: 28 May 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 28 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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Hawk prisoner: Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has been forced to admit that a dangerous prisoner who went on the run last week should have never been transferred to an open prison. (Scotsman page 2, Herald page 6, Times page 18, Telegraph page 13, Courier page 1)

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 Health

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Obesity: Obese people in Scotland may avoid or delay asking for potentially life saving treatment because they fear being judged and stigmatised by medical staff, a conference will hear today. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 4)

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 Dementia: A national strategy for dealing with dementia is to be established for the first time, the Scottish Government has announced. This will build on measures already in place to ensure those affected get the care they need, Public Health Minister Shona Robison said. (Herald page 2)

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 Politics

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Expenses: Conservative MP Julie Kirkbride was fighting for her political life last night after it was reported that she used taxpayers’ money to fund a £50,000 extension to her constituency home to accommodate her brother. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 6, Times page 7, Telegraph page 1, Guardian page 6, Press and Journal page 2)

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 Holyrood’s transparency: Proposed solutions to the Westminster expenses crisis such as transparency over expenses, fixed parliamentary terms and a strong committee system, were adopted years ago in Scotland; Andrew Bolger writes in the Financial Times. (FT page 2)

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 European elections: MSPs have given themselves a paid day off to carry out last minute campaigning for the European elections. The Scottish Parliament will be closed next Thursday, even though there is reportedly no legal reason why it should be. (Scotsman page 9, Times page 15, Telegraph page 12)

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 Gas emissions: The Scottish Government is failing to hit its own targets for cutting emissions, figures have shown. Carbon dioxide emissions from energy use in Scottish Government buildings have gone up, and emissions from business travel have also increased. (Scotsman page 15, Herald page 8)

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 Fundraising: The Conservatives continue to outperform the Labour Party in raising donations with no more than 13 months to go until the next General Election, official figures showed yesterday. (Herald page 6, FT page 2)

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