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Daily Political Media Summary: 29 June 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 29 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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Economic Recovery: UK banks have repaired their profitability in the past three months according to the latest report by the CBI. The survey published today found what it calls, “the first signs of optimism” returning to some parts of the UK financial services industry since the beginning of April. (Herald page 26, Guardian page 19)

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 Transport

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A9 Dual Carriageway: Murdo Fraser MSP has welcomed Reform Scotland’s latest report on transport which supports the dualling of the A9. The independent think tank has called for immediate action to be taken on the A9 and A96. (Courier page 3)

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 Transport Projects: Government plans for a new road bridge over the Firth of Forth, airport improvements and coal fired power stations have been thrown into doubt by the target to cut climate pollution agreed by the Scottish Parliament last week. (Sunday Herald page 1)

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 Health

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Swine Flu: A Scottish pensioner has become the second person in the UK to die from swine flu. The man, aged 73, died in Paisley’s Royal Alexandra Hospital, two weeks after a 38 year old woman also succumbed to the virus. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Guardian page 4, Telegraph page 10, Times page 11, Courier page 1, Press and Journal page 1)

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 NHS: Almost half of Scots believe taxes should increase to help protect NHS services during the economic downturn, research revealed yesterday. A survey by the British Medical Association found that 47 per cent of Scots supported tax rises to help maintain the growth in funding of the health service. (Scotsman page 15, Herald page 5)

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 Education

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School Closure: Parents have spent a third night occupying a primary school which was closed down on Friday in Maryhill, Glasgow in protest at the planned demolition of the building as part of wider spending cuts. (Herald page 12)

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 Class Sizes: The SNP Government has been criticised for not meeting its reduced class size target of 18 pupils in Primaries 1-3. More than a quarter of classes across Scotland have more than 25 pupils, compared to one third last year. (Sunday Times page 1, page 11)

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 Politics

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Nuclear arms: SNP ministers have said that they would try and use devolved powers to block new nuclear weapons coming into Scotland. The warning is an escalation of a row that started when Conservative leader David Cameron told the SNP they should not interfere with decisions on nuclear weapons such as replacing the Trident missile system. The comments have sparked a row between the SNP and Conservatives. (Scotsman page 17, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 4, Times page 3, Press and Journal page 1, Sunday Post page 2, Scotland on Sunday page 1, Sunday Herald page 6, Sunday Times page 4)

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 Devolution: More than half of Scots said the first decade of devolution failed to improve their lives, according to an opinion poll conducted by BBC Scotland last week. (Telegraph page 4, Alan Cochrane, Daily Express page 10, Eddie Barnes in Scotland on Sunday)

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 Ben Thomson: Chairman of Reform Scotland Ben Thomson is interviewed for the Sunday Times. (Sunday Times page 7)