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Daily Political Media Summary: 7 July 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 7 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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Recession: The worst of the recession is over, but talk of recovery is premature and unemployment continues to head over three million, the British Chamber of Commerce, a leading business group has predicted. (Scotsman page 31, Telegraph page B2, FT page 1, Press and Journal page 10)

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 Scotland’s recovery: Bill Jamieson comments in the Scotsman on Scotland’s problems with outward migration, lagging behind the UK and further weakening of labour market. (Scotsman page 32)

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 Diageo: Alex Salmond is to meet Diageo chief executive Paul Walsh to discuss the planned Johnnie Walker closure in Kilmarnock. The agreed meeting next week will test the limits of the power of both the Holyrood and Westminster governments in a confrontation with the global multinational. (Herald page 4, Daily Express page 2,

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 Green computer centres: Scotland’s cool climate, ready access to renewable energy and skilled work force mean it is poised to emerge as the site of a new generation of ‘green’ computer data centres. (FT page 4)

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 Sterling: Sterling dripped to a one-month low against the dollar yesterday as fears over the UK’s triple A credit rating resurfaced. (FT page 32)

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 Xodus Group: Oil and Gas consultant Xodus group said yesterday it had won a contract with Maersk Oil North Sea UK worth up to £6million over three years. Xodus will provide a range of engineering services to support the oil company’s UK North Sea operations. (Press and Journal page 15)

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 Crime

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Lockerbie: Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill met with Libyan government representatives yesterday to discuss their bid to have the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing returned home to Tripoli. (Herald page 3, Daily Express page 2)

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 Health

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Swine Flu: Three more people have died of the swine flu as the number of cases passed 7,500 in the UK. Numbers are now rising so rapidly that the Health Protection agency is no longer providing them on a daily basis. All three fatalities had serious underlying health issues. (Guardian page 5)

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 Politics

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Sir Kenneth Calman: Sir Kenneth Calman was questioned yesterday over the amount of political pressure he faced to tow a particular line in terms of Scottish independence while he was heading up a commission on Scottish devolution. Calman denied having faced pressure on the subject of independence, stating that his role was to “look at Scotland within the Union and how Scotland could be stronger and how the Union could be stronger.” Sir Kenneth insisted he would have resigned if the Unionist parties had tried to interfere with his inquiry. (Scotsman page 4, Courier page 11, Press and Journal page 8)

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 Gun law reform: A bid to reform Scotland’s gun laws has been derailed by Home Office officials who claim that handing power to Holyrood would be too complex and confusing, just days after the latest shooting incident in Scotland. (Herald page 1)

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Public sector pay: David Cameron shied away yesterday from supporting cuts in public sector pay as a way of cutting public spending. The Conservative leader said he would not support a freeze on the pay of six million government employees. (Telegraph page 8)

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Post Offices: MP’s complained that UK governments did not do enough to ensure the viability of post offices in Scotland after a warning that another round of cuts twice as severe as the last – which saw 130 sub-post offices cut in the north and north east – might occur if measures aren’t taken to secure remaining post offices. (Press and Journal page 1)

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