Daily Political Media Summary: 9 June 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 9 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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Dairy Farmers: Over two hundred dairy farmers have seen their jobs saved when Glasgow based Lactalis McLelland bought out failed Lobborn Creamery in Somerset. The UK dairy industry has seen high amounts of loss in the recession and, despite the buyout, remains in turmoil. (Herald page 7)

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Hornby: Alan Hornby, who was the head of HBOS when it came close to collapse and nationalization last autumn, has been appointed the new head of Alliance Boots. (Scotsman page 2, Herald page 30, Guardian page 25, Daily Telegraph page B1, FT page 20)

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Llyods: Lloyds Banking Group is going to become the first British bank to repay some of the money injected into it by the government after a successful share offer. (Herald page 30, Daily Telegraph page B2, Press and Journal page 10, FT page 20, Guardian online)

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Health

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Swine flu: Swine flu cases in Scotland have risen to over 200 yesterday in the largest daily increase in cases since the outbreak began. There were 43 new cases confirmed yesterday, all of which were from Glasgow or the surrounding area. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 2, Press and Journal page 7)

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Smoking: Smoking costs NHS more than £5 billion a year, up to five times more than the previously accepted figure, new studies have shown. (Scotsman page 16, Guardian page 11, Courier page 6, Press and Journal page 11)

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Education

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Class size: Head teachers have been advised by the South Ayrshire Council to intentionally create large classes in order to foster the simultaneous creation of small classes. The policy has been criticized as creating a two tier education system, where many children will be forced into larger classes than necessary. (Scotsman page 15)

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Parent body to fold: One of the leading organizations representing parents in Scottish schools, the Scottish Parent Councils Association, is to fold, clearing the way for a new national body to be set up. (Herald page 8)

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Rural Spending: The SNP was criticized by Labour and the Liberal Democrats for what they see as a failure to support rural schools in Scotland during the recession. (Herald page 12, Courier page 6, Press and Journal page 7)

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Politics

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Brown: Gordon Brown last night defied calls for his resignation from at least four Labour MPs in a closed door question and answer session after support for the Labour party fell to 15 percent in the European election results. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Guardian page 1, Times page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, Courier page 1, Press and Journal page 1, FT page 1,)

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SNP: If the result in the last European election is replicated in the next general election, SNP stands to become the largest party in Scotland. In the European election result, the SNP were 8 percentage points ahead of Labour, which, in a general election, would give it 28 of Scotland’s 59 Westminster seats. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 4, Times page 7, Courier page 11, Daily Telegraph page 10, Press and Journal page 9)

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Kennedy: Farming and Environment Minister Jane Kennedy resigned after having been asked for an oath of loyalty from Brown which she felt she could not give. Upon leaving she accused Brown and his supporters of smear campaigns. (Times page 6, FT page 2, Press and Journal page 8)

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Labour: Labour support went down to 15 percent in yesterday’s European elections, with its number of MEPs dropping from 18 to 13. The party is now in third place behind the Conservatives and Ukip. This result goes with a sweeping change over Europe in which the center-right gained power. (Scotsman page 7, Guardian page 10, Daily Telegraph page 7)