Daily Political Media Summary: 8 October 2009

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Daily Political Media Summary: 8 October 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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European Commission Fishing Regulations: Fishing leaders have demanded more action from ministers to stop European Commission regulations. Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishing Federation said, “The regulations and modifications that are coming our way in January 2010 are unbearable.” (Scotsman Page 2, Press & Journal Page 7, Courier Page 9)

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Oil Decline: Researchers warn there is a ‘significant risk’ that global oil production could begin to decline in the next decade. The UK Energy Research Council warns that falls in production will lead to higher and more volatile prices and could encourage investment in more polluting fossil fuels. (Scotsman Page 8, Daily Telegraph Page 10) 

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Renewable Energy: The UK’s biggest producer of renewable electricity is to build a £20 million European HQ in Glasgow boosting the country’s bid to take a lead in the development of renewable energy. (Scotsman Page 17, Herald Page 12, Times Page 29, Press & Journal Page 11, Courier Page 11)

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Edinburgh Housing Market: Edinburgh’s turbulent property market is starting to show signs of stability, research shows. (Scotsman Page 26)

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Crime

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Edmond Eccles: Edmond Eccles, 22, who inspired Scotland’s anti-social behaviour laws was jailed for eight months yesterday after stabbing a thirteen year old boy with a pitchfork. (Herald Page 12, Courier Page 12)

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Transport 

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Level-Crossings: Rail inspectors are to carry out an investigation into risks posed by unmanned level-crossings after an accident in which three people died. Dave Thompson, a Highlands and Islands SNP MSP who has been campaigning to improve safety measures welcomed the move. (Scotsman Page 2, Herald Page 2, Press & Journal Page 8)

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Local Government

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Housing Powers: SNP backbencher Maureen Watt has called for increased power for rural councils facing the most severe housing problems. These could include the power to apply a special rate of council tax to second homes. (Scotsman Page 6)

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Health

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Cancer Discovery: Researchers from the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Glasgow say they are optimistic that their work on a ‘problem’ protein will lead to a new generation of drug therapies for patients with lung, breast and colon cancers. (Herald Page 10)

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Crime and Obesity: Fear of crime and anti-social behaviour are contributing to Glasgow’s tag as one of the most overweight cities according to a new report. (Herald Page 1)

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Education

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Schools Budget: A study by the Centre for Public Policy for the Regions suggests that up to £680 million could be cut from Scotland’s £4 billion annual schools budget without harming pupils’ exam results. (Scotsman Page 2, Herald Page 13)

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Student Loans: Student loans are to increase and grants will rise for the poorest students, Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced yesterday. From next year, Scottish students will be able to borrow up to £4,952, putting them on a par with their English counterparts. However, opposition politicians accused the SNP of reneging on their manifesto commitment to replace loans with grants. (Scotsman Page 9, Herald Page 6)

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Politics

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David Cameron: David Cameron is set to make a ‘personal pitch’ to millions of undecided voters today in an attempt to ‘seal the deal’ with the electorate. In a high-risk strategy, he will take to the platform at his party’s conference in Manchester with a speech that is said to be devoid of policy or big ideas in an attempt to strike a note that is serious but offers hope. (Scotsman Page 1, Herald Page 1, Daily Telegraph Page 1, Times Page 11, Courier Page 10)

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David Cameron and Holyrood: David Cameron will hold high level meetings with senior Scottish mandarins in Whitehall from next week as the Tory leader prepares for government, one of his shadow cabinet revealed. Shadow Scottish Secretary David Mundell said Mr. Cameron wanted to build a relationship of ‘mutual respect’ with Scotland. In a constitutional first, Mr. Cameron as UK PM will offer to address the Scottish Parliament on an annual basis. (Scotsman Page 5, Herald Page 5, Press & Journal Page 5)

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Glasgow Airport Rail Link: The managing director of Glasgow airport entered into the row over the cancellation of the Glasgow airport rail link stating she did not recognise the £70 million in additional costs used by the government in its decision to scrap the project. (Herald Page 1)

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Scottish Public Sector Workers: Almost 500,000 public sector employees in Scotland could be given a pay rise in 2011 at the same time as their counterparts in England will be enduring a wage freeze, a senior Shadow Conservative minister admitted yesterday. (Times Page 12)

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Postal Strike: The postal service could grind to a halt after a ballot of Royal Mail workers found strong support for the first national strike in two years, in their dispute over pay and working conditions. (Daily Telegraph Page 1, Herald Page 2, Press & Journal Page 11)