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Daily Political Media Summary: 28 August 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: Friday 28 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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Diageo Dispute: Drinks giant Diageo yesterday publicly questioned the Scottish Government’s attempts to influence its decisions with the offer of public money. ( BBC, The Scotsman page 1, The Times page 11, The Herald page 36, The Guardian page 9, The Sun page 6, The Telegraph page , The Daily Record page 1, The Daily Mail page 6, The Courier page 1, The Daily Express page 5, STV)

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Takeover of Tennents: The takeover of Scotland’s biggest selling lager by the company behind Magners Ciders has sparked fears for the future of the 300-strong Glasgow workforce.(The Herald page 3, The Sun page 8, The Daily Mail page 6, The Courier page 18, The Daily Express page 5)

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Jobs: According to the Chartered Management Institute, women are less likely to lose their job as a result of the recession due to the fact they are more likely than men to be willing to switch their role. (The Daily Mail page 19)

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Crime

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Lockerbie: Bill Jamieson comments on opinion in Scotland on the release of the convicted bomber. (The Scotsman page 24, The Times page 1, The Herald page 1, The Sun page 9, The Telegraph page 11, The Daily Express page 4, STV, BBC)

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Transport

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High-Speed Trains: Following Network Rail’s proposal for a new high-speed railway line in the UK, speculation has begun in Glasgow and Edinburgh on where a new station could be built. (The Scotsman page 16, STV, BBC)

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Health

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Swine Flu Death: The flu virus has claimed its seventh victim in Scotland. (The Herald page 2, The Press and Journal page 9, The Daily Mail page 27, The Courier page 7, The Daily Express page 2, STV, BBC)

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New Mental Health Unit: A new £7.6 million hospital unit for dealing with teenagers who have serious mental health problems has been officially opened in Glasgow. (The Herald page 10)

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Education

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Teaching Jobs: Unemployment among teachers in Scotland is at its highest in four years and has doubled since last July. (The Times Educational Supplement Scotland page 1)

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Pay Dispute: Scotland’s largest teaching union, the EIS, has warned it will resist any attempts by local authorities to renege on the pay deal that has been agreed for the next three years and the 2.4 per cent pay increase which is due in April of next year. (The Times Educational Supplement page 3)

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Politics

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Scottish Conservatives Aid Mission: Richard Cook, Conservative candidate for East Renfrewshire, travelled with 30 Conservatives to help an aid project to Srebrenica in Bosnia, which was the site of a massacre during the Balkan conflict of the 1990s. (The Herald page 14)

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SNP Westminster Target: The SNP’s target of winning twenty seats at the next UK General Election looks set to fail as a result of the release of the Lockerbie bomber, according to a private poll by one newspaper. (The Daily Mail page 2)

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