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Daily Political Media Summary: 8 July 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 8 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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Diageo: Diageo’s plan to end Johnnie Walker’s historic links with Kilmarnock could be the beginning of a process that will destroy the Scotch whisky industry, MPs have warned. MPs from the four main political parties in Scotland have sent a letter the company’s chief executive demanding that he reverses the decision to close its Kilmarnock plant. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 4, Telegraph page 5)

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 UK reforms: Alistair Darling will tell MPs today that salaries will be aligned to the earnings and overall financial health of institutions when he presents his long-awaited reforms to the system of banking regulation. (Times page 1, FT page 1)

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 EU reforms: The European Union is considering a voting structure for its new apparatus of financial regulation that would make it almost impossible for Britain to block measures, even if they pose a major threat to the City of London. (Telegraph page B1, FT page 7)

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 Shipbuilding: The head of the Royal Navy said yesterday the British shipbuilding industry had a “great future” as construction began on the UK’s most powerful surface warships to date in Glasgow. (Press and Journal page 9, Daily Record page 10, Daily Mail page 13)

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 Crime

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Lockerbie: The appeal of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing has been so significantly delayed that he may not live to see its conclusion, his defence team has warned. (Herald page 4, Telegraph page 5)

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 Gun law reforms: Scotland could be used as a test bed for the reform of UK gun laws, according to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. He has invited the Home Secretary Alan Johnson to visit Scotland to hear the arguments for a full overhaul of firearms. (Herald page 6)

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 Transport 

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Bus Workers Strike: Staff at bus giant First have voted to go on strike – threatening to bring chaos to Aberdeen’s transport network. Commuters are now facing widespread disruption this summer and retailers fear it will hit their business. (Press and Journal page 6, STV)

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 Health

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Swine Flu: Health bosses have admitted that the NHS will not be able to vaccinate all of the Scottish population against swine flu until November 2010. The admission led to calls for action to ensure that Scotland does not suffer a vaccine shortage as the pandemic intensifies. (Scotsman page 8)

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 MS Scotland: Thousands of people with multiple sclerosis in Scotland are set to vote on whether to break away from the national MS society following a massive row. The charity has been beset with internal acrimony that has led the UK board of trustees to suspend the devolved Scottish council appointed to run the MS Society Scotland. (Scotsman page 16)

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 Education

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Glasgow Budget cuts: Glasgow City Council, Scotland’s largest education authority, will cuts spending on schools by £6.9million this year, according to a provisional government forecast. (Herald page 2)

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 Aberdeenshire Budget Cuts: Education chiefs at Aberdeenshire Council intend to cut spending by £150,000 in the next year, according to figures revealed yesterday. Budget estimates released by the Scottish government show the authority plans to reduce spending on education for 2009-2010 from the near £240 million it spent in 2008-09. Spending on education has dropped at four of Scotland’s 32 local authorities. (Press and Journal page 7, Daily Mail page 4)

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 Politics

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Scotland Office: Ross Lydall comments in the Scotsman about Scotland Office and its questionable role in government. (Scotsman page 28)

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