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Daily Political Media Summary: 2 June 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 2 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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Oil prices: Oil prices hit their highest level so far this year yesterday, while the pound regained its best level of 2009 against the euro on continued sentiment that Britain may pull out of the recession ahead of its European neighbours. (Guardian page 22)

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 Health

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Swine Flu: The largest number of swine flu cases in one area was confirmed in Argyll yesterday as it emerged that 18 new cases have been discovered at Dunoon. (Press and Journal page 9)

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 Education

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Funds row: Stow College in Glasgow has been accused of failings in management and governance after it claimed millions of pounds in public money for courses that it paid a private company to deliver at a fraction of the cost. (Herald page 1)

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 Politics

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Darling: An embattled Alistair Darling yesterday said he would be prepared to move from his post as Chancellor after the Prime Minister refused to give him full backing in the expenses row. Mr Darling used a round of media interviews to offer an ‘unreserved’ apology to voters after he became embroiled in a third allegation surrounding his expenses. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Times page 6, Telegraph page 1, Press and Journal page 1, Courier page 10, Guardian page 6, FT page 1)

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 Prison Scrutiny: Two former presiding officers of the Scottish Parliament will decide whether Alex Salmond misled Holyrood over absconds from prison. George Reid and Lord Steel of Aikwood will deliberate on Mr Salmond’s performance at First Minister’s Questions last week when he answered queries on prisoner absconds for 20 minutes without revealing that another prisoner, a murderer, had absconded the day before. (Scotsman page 6, Courier page 9)

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 Calman Report:  The Calman Commission’s final report on the future of Scottish devolution will be published ahead of schedule on Monday 15 June, it was announced yesterday. The key issue will centre on tax powers for Holyrood. (Herald page 7)

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 Labour: The SNP continues to make impressive gains as voters punish Labour in the polls. Alan Cochrane comments in the Telegraph. (Telegraph page 13)

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 Campaigning: SNP Ministers have been cleared of a charge of breaking rules on political campaigning during election periods. Labour complained that the First Minister wrongly made European-related announcements at a time when campaigning was under way for Thursday’s European elections. (Courier page 3)

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