Daily Political Media Summary: Wednesday 27 May 2009

All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions.

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Crime

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DNA database: The Chief Constables of both Strathclyde and Lothian and Borders police forces have urged Scottish ministers to allow them to keep the DNA of those who commit minor offences on a database, as opposed to the current situation where only those who have a court conviction are kept on record. (The Scotsman page 8, The Sun page 2)

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Knife crime: Figures released yesterday show that in Scotland over 100 people every month are victims of knife-crime.  The worst affected area is Glasgow where 2 people were admitted to hospital every day with knife wounds. (The Sun page 2)

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Local Government

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Edinburgh hotel plans: Plans supported by Edinburgh City Council to build a 17-storey, 5 star hotel near Haymarket railway station have been criticised by various groups including world heritage body Unesco.  A two-week public inquiry into the project began on Monday. (The Scotsman page 11)

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Health

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Swine flu: A 37 year old man from Glasgow is the latest Scottish victim of swine flu and the first British person to become critically ill with the virus. (The Scotsman page 1, The Sun page 1, Daily Mail page 2, Daily Mirror page 8, The P & J page 1, The Courier & Advertiser page 1, The Herald page 1, Daily Express page 6, Daily Record page 4)

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Waiting times: Statistics released yesterday show that 99 per cent of Scottish patients requiring a hospital appointment are now waiting less than 12 weeks. (The Scotsman page 16)

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Abortion figures rise: Despite a drop in the number of abortions carried out across the UK, figures released yesterday show a rise in the number carried out in Scotland last year. (The Scotsman page 16, Daily Mail page 8, The Courier & Advertiser page 9, The Herald page 1, Daily Express page 6, The Daily Telegraph page 6)

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Education

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Class size cuts: The SNP’s pledge to cut class sizes in Scotland was criticised by coalition council East Renfrewshire which claimed that their exam results were good enough without reducing class sizes and added that they did not have the funding to enable such cuts. (Daily Mail page 17, Daily Express page 6, The Daily Telegraph page 6 and page 7)

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Politics

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Conservative proposal: Amongst other things, the Conservative leader David Cameron has proposed that the number of MPs at Westminster should be cut.  However, while this could be beneficial for the party throughout England, it has been claimed that less constituencies in Scotland would make it harder for the party to have MPs elected north of the border. (The Scotsman page 6, The Guardian page 1, The Times page 1, page 6 & page 7, Daily Mirror page 8, The P & J page 1, The Courier & Advertiser page 10, Daily Express page 6, The Daily Telegraph page 2)

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Carbon emissions target rejected: Calls made by Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes to include in the current climate bill an annual 3 per cent reduction target in emissions of carbon were rejected by MSPs yesterday. (The Scotsman page 9, The Herald page 2)

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Labour seats: Concerns were raised over Labour’s Scottish support after The Scotsman reported that the next general election could see the party lose much of their support in the east. (The Scotsman page 4 & page 5)