Daily Political Media Summary: 22 July 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.
Diageo: First Minister Alex Salmond said last night that there was a “powerful counter-argument” to whisky giant Diageo’s proposal to axe 900 jobs. (Scotsman page 2, Courier page 10, Press and Journal page 10)
Glasgow Airport Rail Link: The Scottish Government has said it is committed to the delivery of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link after fears were raised the project could collapse. (Herald page 2)
Funding crisis: The Scotsman claims half of a key flood-prevention scheme in Edinburgh will be put on hold because of a funding crisis. (Scotsman page 23)
Edinburgh University: Praise has been given to a long running scheme of the university, encouraging more pupils from state schools to pursue a career in key professions. A report highlighted Edinburgh University\’s strategy to widen access to courses such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine and architecture as one of the best in the UK. (Herald page 2)
Swine flu: A teenage girl has become the youngest person in Scotland to die after contracting swine flu. The 15-year old, who had underlying health problems, had been admitted to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow a week ago. The World Health Organisation suggests that school closures could slow the spread of swine flu pandemic. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, page 4, Times page 1, Telegraph page 1, Courier page 1, Press and Journal page 8, Daily Record page 2, Daily Express page 1)
By-election: The Glasgow North-East by-election will now not be held until November at the earliest, after Labour rebuffed attempts by the SNP to force an August poll. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 6, Times page 4, Courier page 7, Press and Journal page 1)