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Daily Political Media Summary: 1 June 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 1 June 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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GM bankruptcy: Iconic American carmaker General Motors, for generations the largest car company in the world, has filed for bankruptcy. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 28, FT page 1, Telegraph page 1)

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 Crime

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Kenny MacAskill: The pressure on the Justice Secretary continues as it is reported that Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray is considering tabling a motion of no confidence in the minister. (Scotsman page 2, Herald page 6, P&J page 3, Courier page 1, Sunday Herald page 20, Scotland on Sunday page 1)

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 Lockerbie bombing: A confidential medical report has shown that the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, who is suffering from terminal prostate cancer is under great ‘emotional and psychological distress’. (Herald page 1)

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 Transport  

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Road safety: Ministers are to unveil an ambitious target next month to cut the number of road deaths in Scotland by a third by 2020. This will be part of their road safety strategy (Herald page 11)

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 Local Government

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Scottish Futures Trust: Council leaders have criticised the Scottish Futures Trust for failing to deliver infrastructure projects, while Finance Secretary John Swinney hit back saying that the new model would deliver schools and hospitals and was already supporting investment in infrastructure. (Scotsman page 2, P&J page 9, Times page 11, Scotland on Sunday page 1, Sunday Herald page 15)

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 Job losses: Edinburgh has been hit harder than Glasgow by the recession with the jobless total rising by 87% in the capital. (Times page 19)

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 Health

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Swine flu: Every Scot is to be vaccinated against swine flu at a total cost of more than £100m as two more Scottish children were yesterday confirmed as having swine flu. (Herald page 14, Scotsman page 6, P&J page 7, Sunday Post page 2)

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 Alcohol addiction: The number of young people currently being treated for alcohol addiction has more than doubled since 2006 (Sunday Herald page 1, Herald page 13, P&J page 9, Mail page 32)

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 Cervical cancer jab: More than 150 girls in Scotland have suffered adverse reactions after receiving the vaccine which was introduced last autumn. (Scotsman page 8 and page 10)

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 Dental record: New figures show that one in every 17 Scots had a tooth removed last year. (Scotsman page 16, Mail page 24)

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 Education

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Teaching jobs: According to figures collated by Arthur Midwinter for the Labour Party, more than 500 teaching jobs could be lost this year due to efficiency savings, although this is denied by the Scottish Government. (Herald page 1)

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 Politics

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MPs’ expenses: New revelations about the expenses of Chancellor Alistair Darling have put him under renewed pressure and David Cameron has announced he will appear before his own party’s scrutiny panel to deal with allegations he could have saved the taxpayer millions on his second home allowance claims. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 7, P&J page 1, Courier page 10, Telegraph page 1)

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 Gordon Brown: The Prime Minister has announced that he wants to see a binding code of conduct for MPs as part of a package of measures to ‘clean up’ politics and reform the constitution and he has also made it clear that he will not resign despite recent polls and the anticipated poor results for Labour in the local and European elections this Thursday. A poll in the Telegraph shows six in ten voters want a general election by the autumn. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 1, Courier page 1, FT page 2, Telegraph page 2 and page 1, Times page 1, Mail page 1)

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 Anti-sleaze drive: It is reported that Sir Tom Farmer may help to fund an anti-sleaze drive at the next general election. (Scotsman page 4)

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 European elections: It is reported that the European elections are failing to capture the imagination. (Herald page 6, Times page 19)