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Daily Political Media Summary: 14 August 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 14 August 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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Bank Bonuses: The Royal Bank of Scotland has been accused of failing to learn the lessons from the recent banking crisis after it reportedly agreed to pay £10 million to attract two new bankers. (The Scotsman page 11, The Herald page 5, The Press and Journal page 5, The Daily Record page 10, Daily Express page 2, The Daily Mirror page 6)

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House Prices: Scotland is due for an increase in housing prices according to a report by Lloyds TSB, which is due out today. (The Scotsman page 15, The Herald page 2, Daily Express page 7, STV,

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Apprentices losing jobs: The Scottish Building Federation has found that almost 900 apprentices and trainees in the construction industry have been made redundant in the last year. (The Scotsman page 38, The Herald page 5, The Press and Journal page 17, BBC)

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Crime

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Lockerbie Bombing: The Lockerbie bomber to learn next week if he is to be released. (The Scotsman page 1, The Telegraph page 1, The Herald page 1, The Times page 1, The Guardian page 10, Financial Times page 2, The Press and Journal page 5, The Courier and Advertiser page 1, The Sun page 1, Daily Express page 1, The Daily Mail page 1, The Daily Mirror page 4, BBC, STV)

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 Women Prisoners: Sheriffs have defended their use of short sentences for women in the face of opposition from Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill who has claimed that the Scottish criminal justice system is chauvinistic. (The Herald page 14,

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Transport  

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Fuel Duty Increase: Hauliers, business leaders and the Scottish Transport Minister, Stewart Stevenson MSP, have claimed that an increase in fuel duty of 5p could result in companies folding. (The Press and Journal page 1)

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Glasgow Buses: New rules mean that bus companies in Glasgow will have to ensure that 90% of journeys use low-floor buses which will cut carbon emissions. (The Herald page 11)

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Local Government

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Edinburgh Trams: Edinburgh City Council is now in a formal dispute with the construction group that is building the tram line which could mean that the project may not now be completed until 2013 and may breach its £545 million budget. (The Scotsman page 1, Financial Times page 2, BBC)

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Health

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Cannabis: Researchers from the University of Edinburgh have said that cannabis could be used to protect older people from osteoporosis. (The Scotsman page 12, The Herald page  

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13, The Times page 17, STV)

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Swine Flu: Some 1.4 million high-risk Scots are to get swine flu vaccination from October. (The Herald page 1, The Daily Telegraph page 1, The Press and Journal page 9, The Courier and Advertiser page 13, The Sun page 16, The Daily Mail page 18, BBC, STV )

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Education

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Teacher recruitment: The number of Scots applying to train as teachers has dropped significantly according to figures published by the Scottish Government. (The Times Educational Supplement page 3)

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Politics

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Glasgow North East by-election: The Conservatives have turned to a first-time candidate, Ruth Davidson, to fight the Glasgow North East by-election. (The Herald page 6, The Press and Journal page 12, The Daily Record page 2, Daily Express page 10, BBC, STV )

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Independence: Former First Minister Henry McLeish has issued a warning to Scotland’s unionist parties that Scotland may become independent unless they make a more effective argument for remaining in the United Kingdom. (The Scotsman page 28)

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