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Daily Political Media Summary: 4 June 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 4 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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Growth: According to data released by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, the service sector in Britain showed its first sign of growth for 13 months in May. Some believe that this signals an end to the steep contractions in the economy and believe that the “worst is over” for the recession. (Scotsman page 2, Herald page 32, Daily Telegraph page B1, Guardian page 23, Press and Journal  page 12)

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Foreign Investment: Figures released yesterday show that Scotland has seen a 23 percent decline in investment last year, although it still remains the most popular site for inward investment in the UK outside London and south-east England. (Scotsman page 33, Herald online)

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Crime

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Hate Crime Bill: A Private Member’s Bill voted unanimously through by the Scottish Parliament last night will extend hate crime legislation to include attacks on people for sexual orientation or disability. It is seen as a vital step towards protecting homosexual and disabled people from prejudice. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 6, Courier page 9)

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Transport 

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Network Rail: Continued performance problems which have caused one in five trains to be delayed on the West Coast Main Line have brought Network Rail under scrutiny from the Office of Rail Regulation for breaching its licence conditions and failing to meet efficiency targets. This has increased pressure on Network Rail executives to forgo their bonuses this year. (Scotsman page 33, Herald page 2, Guardian page 24)

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Health

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Nurse with Swine Flu: A nurse in Glasgow has become the first health worker to catch swine flu from a patient. She contracted the virus after caring for a woman who is now critically ill. Hospitals are now taking extra precautions with all pneumonia patients. (Scotsman, page 8, Herald page 1, Courier page 1, Press and Journal page 1)

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Education

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Teacher Unemployment: A new survey has found that two-thirds of new teachers have failed to secure full time, permanent employment in a Scottish school almost a year after qualifying, though overall teacher unemployment is improving. (Herald page 1)

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Politics

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Labour MPs: After four ministerial resignations in two days including Jacqui Smith, Tom Watson, Beverley Hughes and most recently Hazel Blears, a letter is reported to be circulating amongst Labour MPs calling on Gordon Brown to step down as Prime Minister and leader of the Labour Party. Hazel Blears’ resignation came as a particular surprise just before Gordon Brown’s expected reshuffle of the cabinet and the European and English County Council elections. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, Times page 1, Guardian page 1, FT page 1, Press and Journal page 1, Daily Mail  page 1, Daily Mirror page 1)

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European Elections: Scotland goes to the polls today to elect six members to the European Parliament. Between now and Sunday, 375 million voters across 27 member states will elect 736 MEPs to serve a five year term. (Times online, Courier page 7,  FT page 2 , Press and Journal page 11)

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Alex Salmond: First Minister Alex Salmond has refused to publish his diary from summer 2008, when he claimed £800 in food although the Westminster Parliament was not in session. He was backed by Alex Fergusson, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament in not having to answer Tory questions. (Times page 11, Daily Telegraph page 10, Scotsman online) Alex Salmond was urged to give up his Westminster seat yesterday after it emerged he will miss a ‘historic’ Holyrood vote to attend the House of Commons. (Courier page 3)

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SNP rejects Calman: The SNP has warned that plans to redraw Scotland’s financial relationship with the UK would create a constitutional mess. (Scotsman page 17)