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Daily Political Media Summary: 20 April 2010

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Daily Political Media Summary: 20 April 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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General Election

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SNP: The SNP is expected to launch their manifesto today claiming that a hung parliament offers a great opportunity for Scotland.  (Scotsman page 10, P&J page 8)

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STUC: Martin Keenan, president of the Scottish Trade Union Congress, said yesterday that nothing would be worse for Scotland than the return of a Conservative government. (Scotsman page 2, Courier page 8)

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Scottish Conservatives: The Scottish Conservatives have launched their manifesto, with pledges to protect health spending and to continue the council tax freeze.  Leader Annabel Goldie also struck a more combative tone with Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, likening him to an irritating horsefly.  (Herald page 9, Times page 9, Sun page 8, Express page 5, Mail page 10)

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Peter Lyburn: The Conservative candidate for Perth and North Perthshire is under pressure to drop out of the race after he added the names of 15 local businesses to an open letter criticising Labour’s planned National Insurance rise without seeking their permission.  (P&J page 1)

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Student fees: Aaron Porter, new president of the National Union of Students, has accused the major parties dodging the issue of student fees.  (Times page 10)

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Tory peerages: Two businessmen who were among those who signed the Tories’ letter against Labour’s National Insurance rise are to be given peerages.  It is not known when the nominations were first made.  (Times page 11, Guardian page 1)

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Philip Johnston writes in The Telegraph that the resourcefulness of UK travellers during the volcanic ash crisis demonstrates the viability of David Cameron’s “Big Society”.

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Economy

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Home loans: The total value of mortgage lending rose to £11.5bn in March, up almost a quarter from February. (Scotsman page 2)

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Tourism: Scottish tourism remained high in the last three months of last year despite a UK-wide slump.  Experts believe the Homecoming campaign as well as favourable exchange rates helped Scotland buck the downward trend.  (Scotsman page 15)

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Research jobs boost: Scotland’s research sector is set to receive a funding boost of £9.3 million from the European Regional Development Fund.  The investment will create over 700 jobs across Scotland.  (Scotsman page 17, Courier page 3)

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Forestry development: Scottish Government plans to increase the acreage of forest land has been stymied by the Scottish Rural Development Programme’s grant system.  Despite a funding pot totalling £150 million, only £59 million has been awarded.  (P&J page 17)

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Transport

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Volcanic ash: Some flights are expected to take off from Scotland today, though a new ash cloud is heading towards the UK. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, P&J page 1, Courier page 1, Telegraph page 1, Times page 1, Guardian page 2, FT page 1, Sun page 4, Mirror page 6, Express page 1, Record page 4)

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Education

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Teachers stranded: As schools re-open after the Easter holidays more than 2,000 Scottish teachers are stranded abroad due to flights being grounded. (Scotsman page 6)

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Politics

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The Gathering: Audit Scotland has launched an investigation into The Gathering, which collapsed with debts of more than £430,000.  The investigation is in response to requests from the Scottish Parliament’s economy, energy and tourism committee.  (Scotsman page 15, Courier page 3)