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Daily Political Media Summary: 8 June 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 8 June 2009

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.

 Economy

Lloyds Banking Group: Lloyds Banking Group is expected to repay about £2.3 billion to the Government this week, becoming the first lender in Europe to return bailout money to the taxpayer. The repayment is being made far sooner than either the City or the Government could have expected, just eight months after the Treasury had to bail out Lloyds. (Times page 3)

 Employment levels: Employment levels in Scotland will not return to pre-recession levels until 2017, Ernst and Young Scottish ITEM club, one of the country’s most respected groups of independent economic analysts has predicted. (Times page 15, Press and Journal page 15, Courier page 14, Sunday Times page 1)

 Recession: The recession is over for now, the majority of City economists polled by the Financial Times believe. 11 out of 20 economists said the economy stopped contracting in June and was likely to start growing in coming months. (FT page 4)

 Crime

Murder rate: Scotland suffers from the second highest murder rate in Western Europe, according to a new report by the European Commission. The study revealed that there were 2.17 killings per 100,000 people in Scotland between 2005 and 2007. (Sunday Post page 4)

 Transport 

High Speed Rail: David Torrance comments in the Scotsman on how the Scottish Parliament can create a legacy by bringing in high-speed rail link between Scotland and London. (Scotsman page 22)

 Forth Road Bridge: The Scottish Chamber of Commerce has called on the Scottish government to tear up its £2 billion Forth replacement crossing proposals and revive its original more ambitious plan. (Sunday Herald page 50)

 Health

Swine Flu: The largest daily rise in swine flu cases in Scotland since the outbreak was revealed yesterday. The Scottish Government said there were 35 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 189. (Scotsman page 2, Herald page 1, Times page 18, Press and Journal page 13, Courier page 1)

 Politics

Gordon Brown: Gordon Brown has managed to hold onto his role as PM as signs that a revolt against him are fading. (Herald page 4, Times page 1, Telegraph page 3, Guardian page 1, FT page 1, page 9)

 Leaked emails: Lord Mandelson believes that Gordon Brown cannot win the next general election because he is ‘insecure, self-conscious and angry,’ according to a leaked email. (Sunday Herald page 1)

 European Elections: Labour suffered a mauling at the hands of the SNP with disastrous European election results across the UK. The SNP took 29 per cent of the popular vote in Scotland, well ahead of Labour which took 21 per cent. (Scotsman page 1, Lesley Riddoch,  BBC online, Herald page 5, Telegraph page 2, Press and Journal page 1, Courier page 1, Mike Russell in Scotland on Sunday page 8)

 Minister Jane Kennedy: Gordon Brown’s Farming Minister Jane Kennedy has resigned after Labour’s all time worst election results. (Telegraph online)

 Expenses: Scottish Labour MP Jim Devine is under intense pressure to resign after his local publican flatly contradicted the MP’s explanation of joinery work charged to the public purse to the amount of £2326. (Sunday Herald page 1)

 Alex Salmond: Alex Salmond is refusing to pay back the £800 of food allowances he claimed when Westminster was in recess, despite during the period, having been in Scotland on 27 occasions. (Times page 10, Press and Journal page 9, Sunday Post page 15)

 Scottish Futures Trust: The troubled SNP scheme for building schools and hospitals suffered a fresh blow after one of its own directors, Jim Fletcher, said he felt frustrated at the lack of funding for projects. (Sunday Herald page 4, Scotland on Sunday page 3)