Daily Political Media Summary: 29 July 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 29 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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Public Spending: Business Secretary Lord Mandelson last night acknowledged that plans for public spending would have to be delayed or scrapped as the UK Government sought to balance the nation\’s books. (Scotsman page 2, Press and Journal)

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Diageo: First Minister Alex Salmond was yesterday warned by a leading business figure that the campaign to save 900 Diageo jobs could discourage overseas firms from investing in Scotland. In addition, an east-west split has opened up in the fight to save the 900 jobs at the plants in Kilmarnock and Glasgow. In an attack on leading SNP and Labour politicians, Fife councillor Tony Martin accused them of "reverting to 1970s-style debate" and says the issue has to be dealt with in a "more honest and less torrid way". (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 1, Times page 5, Press and Journal page 8, Telegraph page 9, Daily Mail page 2, BBC, STV)

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GDF Suez: French-owned energy group GDF Suez yesterday announced it was setting up a £6 million UK exploration and production (E&P) operational centre in Aberdeen. The company is also looking at acquisitions in the region. The move will bring 80 jobs to the city over 12 months, although the headquarters for the company\’s UK E&P division will remain in London. (Scotsman page 34, Press and Journal page 16, STV)

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Oil Prices: George Kerevan in The Scotsman comments on oil prices and notes that if the world continues to use crude oil at the current rate, the International Energy Agency (IEA) “estimates that demand will rise by more than 20 million barrels per day (bpd) between 2008 and 2030.” In addition, “production from existing wells will decline by around 45 million bpd by 2030, so in fact the world needs to find 65 million bpd of new production capacity within roughly the next two decades.” (Scotsman page 35)

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Windfarms: Europe\’s largest onshore windfarm project has been thrown in severe doubt after the RSPB and official government agencies lodged formal objections to the 150-turbine plan, it emerged today. The proposed 550MW windfarm, sprawling across the centre of Shetland\’s main island, would add almost 20 per cent to existing onshore wind capacity. (Guardian page 8)

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Local Government

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Edinburgh Refuse: Bin workers locked in a bitter pay dispute with council chiefs in Edinburgh have been threatened with being sent home and having their wages docked if they continue to work to rule. However, refuse collection has begun again in some areas and organisers of the Military Tattoo will pay for private contractors if the dispute is not resolved. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 10, Times page 14, BBC)

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Health

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Sunbeds: The use of sunbeds now ranks alongside smoking, arsenic and exposure to asbestos as a cause of cancer, leading international experts have warned. The Scottish Parliament has already taken action, last year banning the use of sunbeds by under-18s. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 5, Guardian page 1, Press and Journal, Daily Express page 1, Daily Mirror page 28, Daily Mail page 1, Daily Record page 8, BBC)

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Clostridium Difficile: Twenty-eight patients have been killed by the superbug clostridium difficile at a Glasgow hospital, leading to fears the full scale of fatal cases may be being hidden from the public. (Herald page 1)

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Blood Donors: Health officials are preparing for blood supplies to be hit by the flu pandemic as more cases emerge in the winter. People who are ill, including those with flu, cannot give blood, raising the possibility that if a large number of donors are affected, supplies to the NHS could drop. (Scotsman page 6)

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Sexually Transmitted Infections: Increased awareness of the risks of unprotected sex has contributed to a large rise in the workload of genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinics this year. Despite a marginal increase in the number of people being diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STIs), staff saw a 16 per cent increase in the number of people asking for tests. (Scotsman page 15, Press and Journal page 15, Courier page 11, Daily Express page 4, Daily Mail page 4, STV)

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NHS Dentists: The number of people registered with an NHS dentist has risen 14 per cent in a year – but wide variations persist across Scotland and parents still face a postcode lottery when it comes to finding treatment for their children. (Scotsman page 16, Herald page 8, Press and Journal page 7, Sun page 2)

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Education

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Supply Teachers: Teachers fear they will lose their jobs because of plans by a local authority to use a private agency to provide supply work. Scotland\’s biggest teaching union, the EIS, condemned Edinburgh City Council for not consulting on proposals to use recruitment firm Blue Arrow to employ supply teachers. (Scotsman page 24)