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Daily Political Media Summary: 6 May 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 6 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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Recession: A series of new economic indicators have suggested that the severity of the recession across the UK is easing. (Scotsman page 6, page 7, Daily Telegraph page B2, FT page 6, Press and Journal page 11)

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Scottish Housing Market: Scotland’s housing market has experienced a major drop in the number of transactions and the total value of sales, both of which have fallen over 60 per cent in the past year. (Herald page 1, page 7, Daily Telegraph page 12, Daily Mail page 1, page 4, Daily Express page 8, Daily Record page 16)

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RBS: The Royal Bank of Scotland confirmed yesterday that finance director Guy Whittaker is to step down later this year without a bonus or any special pension arrangements. Guy Whittaker was part of the team behind the disastrous bid for ABN Amro which helped propel RBS to a £24bn loss. (Scotsman page 33, Herald page 26, Daily Telegraph page B4, FT page 20, Times page 42, Press and Journal page 16, The Courier page 14, Daily Express page 65, Sun page 45)

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BAA: Falling passenger numbers and rising debt costs have resulted in a wider than expected first-quarter loss for airport operator BAA. (Scotsman page 34, Guardian page 28, Daily Telegraph page B4, FT page 18, Times page 36, The Courier page 14, Daily Mail page 65, Daily Express page 64, Sun page 45)

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Crime

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Women’s Prison: Prison chiefs were yesterday criticised for operating just one female-only prison in Scotland. Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland, Dr Andrew McLellan, said the policy of only one ‘women-only’ prison was a ‘significant factor’ in causing overcrowding. (Scotsman page 21, The Courier page 11)

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Slopping-Out: MSPs yesterday backed a move to block £50 million worth of slopping-out claims from prisoners, despite concerns from a top legal body over the lack of consultation. (Scotsman page 22, Herald page 6, Sun page 2)

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Health

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Swine Flu: It was revealed yesterday that school exams across Scotland could be disrupted if the swine flu threat increases. Ongoing coverage of the story continues throughout the press. (Scotsman page 10, page 11, Herald page 2, Guardian page 1, page 2, Daily Telegraph page 6, Times page 1, page 8, Press and Journal page 1, page 9, The Courier page 1, page 11, Daily Mail page 13, Daily Express page 4, Sun page 1, Daily Record page 2)

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Doctor suspended: A paediatrician has been suspended over claims that he failed to alert police about a ‘child welfare case’ involving a 13-year-old girl admitted to hospital with a sexually transmitted disease. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 4, Daily Telegraph page 5, Times page 17, Daily Express page 4)

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Politics

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Seal Products: European politicians yesterday voted to ban the sale of seal products across the continent. The move means that the manufacture and sale of the ‘traditional’ Scottish sealskin sporran will be illegal from next autumn. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 10, Guardian page 18, Daily Telegraph page 6)

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Gordon Brown: The Prime Minister’s attempt to ‘re-launch his beleaguered premiership’ was further halted yesterday following a joke by former deputy prime minister, John Prescott. (Scotsman page 9, Herald page 6, Guardian page 6, page 7, Daily Telegraph page 4, Times page 6, page 7, Press and Journal page 5, The Courier page 9, Daily Mail page 10, Daily Mirror page 4, Sun page 27, Daily Record page 10)

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Climate Bill: Steps have been taken to enhance Scotland’s proposed climate change laws after critics said that the draft bill did not set early enough targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Scotsman page 20, Herald page 10, page 14, Press and Journal page 10

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NTS: A new report has warned that the troubled National Trust for Scotland plans to build a new £21m museum dedicated to Robert Burns would be to the cost of the entire organisation. (Herald page 1, page 4, page 14, Times page 12)