Daily Political Media Summary: 2 July 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 2 July 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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Clyde shipyards: UK ministers have vowed they will ‘continue to support’ Scotland’s two Royal Navy shipyards in an attempt to allay fears that both are facing closure over cutbacks. Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy said the future of the two shipyards was ‘the strongest in a generation’. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 7, Press and Journal page 9, Daily Record page 2, Daily Express page 8)

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 Scottish Exports: Scotland’s embattled manufacturing sector was dealt a further blow yesterday as official economic data revealed that Scottish export sales had fallen for the third successive quarter. (Scotsman page 34, Herald page 32, Courier page 6)

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 Diageo: Diageo officials and Scottish ministers are due to meet today to discuss the job losses of 900 jobs in the west of Scotland. (Herald page 1, Telegraph page 13, Times page 11, Press and Journal page 8, Daily Record page 1, Daily Mail page 1)

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 RBS chief: Stephen Hester, the chief executive of RBS, who is paid a £1.2m base salary, will delay taking shares in the company worth about £3.4m that he could have taken after three years if RBS shares reached 70p. He agreed to delay taking some of his bonus for up to two years following pressure from investors and unions enraged by the deal. (Guardian page 20)

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 Health

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Swine Flu: The number of swine flu cases in the UK has trebled in just one week, with 6,929 confirmed cases across the UK yesterday compared to 2,236 a week ago. (Scotsman page 13)

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 Transport

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East Coast rail line: Scottish transport giant First-Group is in prime position to bid for Britain’s most prestigious rail franchise, after troubled operator National Express signalled it was to pull out because of mounting losses. Ministers announced yesterday that they were to renationalise the east coast main line contract temporarily. (Scotsman page 6)

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 Politics

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Royal Mail: The UK Government yesterday performed its second major U-turn in two days, when controversial proposals to part-privatise Royal Mail were abandoned. (Scotsman page 1, FT page 4, Guardian page 4, Press and Journal page 8, Daily Express page 12)

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 Queen’s visit: MSPs have been branded ‘dishonourable’ after almost 50 of them failed to show up to hear the Queen speak in Holyrood’s chambers and participate in the parliament’s tenth birthday celebrations. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 10, Alan Cochrane, Times page 1, Courier page 1, Daily Record page 1, Daily Mail page 1, Daily Express page 5)