Daily Political Media Summary: 11 March 2010

Reform Scotland

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Daily Political Media Summary: 11 March 2010

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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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Standard Life: There are fears of job cuts at Standard Life after the company revealed plans to cut £100m in costs over the next two years. (Scotsman Business 1, Herald page 32) 

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Start-ups: The number of Scottish business start-ups fell 21 per cent last year due to the recession according to the Committee of Scottish Clearing Bankers. (Herald page 32, Courier page 13, Press and Journal page 17) 

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Crime

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Attacks on police: Official figures have revealed that attacks on Scottish police officers increased by 10% from 2007/8 to 2008/9. (Scotsman page 9) 

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Transport 

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Edinburgh Trams: The Edinburgh tram project is now unlikely to be completed until 2014 – two years later than expected.  The cost of the trams could also rise by an additional £100m from £545m. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Times page 14, Daily Express page 6, STV, BBC) 

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BA strikes: Talks between the Unite union and BA ended last night without agreement raising the prospects of strike action. (Scotsman page 15, Financial Times page 3, Daily Telegraph page 2, Press and Journal page 1) 

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Local Government

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Voting: An Electoral Commission survey has found that more than 100,000 people in Glasgow, or a quarter of eligible voters, are not registered to vote. Scotland’s voter registration has fallen by 6.4 per cent over the past decade, while Glasgow and Edinburgh have seen falls of almost 16 per cent. (Herald page 1) 

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West Dunbartonshire: West Dunbartonshire has been named the most dysfunctional local authority and could face government intervention due to its failure to solve problems of leadership, political conflict and a perilous financial situation. (Herald page 8) 

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Education

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Class sizes: Education Secretary Michael Russell yesterday confirmed that plans to impose a legal class size limit of 25 would not be completed in time for the next intake of pupils. (Scotsman page 17, Herald page 6, Times page 6) 

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Politics

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Budget and general election: Gordon Brown unveiled yesterday that the budget would be on 24 March, increasing speculation that the general election will be held on 6 May. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 7, Courier page 13, Press and Journal page 5, Daily Telegraph page 4, Financial Times page 2, Daily Express page 7) 

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Pay freeze: Senior civil servants earning more than £58,200 will have their pay frozen by the UK Government.  Within Scotland the move will cover senior officials within the Scottish Government, Scottish Office and HM Revenue and Customs as well as members of the judiciary. (Scotsman page 16, Herald page 2, Press and Journal page 5, Times page 11, Financial Times page 2, Daily Mail page 8) 

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Scottish Labour: Gerry Hassan in the Scotsman comments on the resignation of Steven Purcell as leader of Glasgow Council and the use of patronage within the Labour party in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. 

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TV Debates: First Minister Alex Salmond has criticised the BBC for excluding the national leaders from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland from next month’s televised prime ministerial debates, arguing it violates the “human rights” of the people in these nations. (Herald page 6, Courier page 3, Press and Journal page 8, Daily Telegraph page 1, Daily Mail page 4, BBC)

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UK-Scotland Relations: The Scottish affairs select committee has recommended regular “State of Scotland” debates to improve relations between Westminster and Holyrood and also revisited the idea of a ‘super grand committee’ comprising of Scottish MPs, MSPs and MEPs. (Daily Telegraph page 10, Times page 15, STV, BBC)

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