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Daily Political Media Summary: 21 April 2010

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Daily Political Media Summary: 21 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 and Lib Dems: Launching his party’s manifesto yesterday, Alex Salmond urged English voters to vote tactically for the Lib Dems to prevent either Labour or the Conservatives forming a majority government. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 1, Daily Telegraph page 8, Times page 12, Courier page 9, Press and Journal page 10, Guardian page 21, Daily Mail page 8, Daily Express page 7) 

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Hung Parliament: Polls suggesting very different election outcomes have highlighted emerging concerns that internal Lib Dem rules impeding the party from entering coalitions could leave Britain without a government for weeks in the event of a hung parliament. (Scotsman page 12, Times page 1) 

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Nick Clegg: Speaking to the Daily Telegraph the Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, has called Gordon Brown a “desperate politician” in a highly personal attack that signals his reluctance to work with the Prime Minister in a hung parliament. (Daily Telegraph page 1, Daily Mail) 

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Scottish Financial Institutions: Lib Dems proposals for regional financial institutions would see Scotland regain its own stock exchange after almost forty years. (Scotsman page 13, Daily Telegraph B5) 

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Scottish Greens: The Scottish Green Party launched their manifesto yesterday calling for a more equal society. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 9, Courier page 9, Press and Journal page 11) 

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Scottish TV debate: Jim Murphy, David Mundell, Alistair Carmichael and Angus Robertson were involved in STV’s Scottish leaders’ debate last night. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 9, Times page 13, Sun page 6) 

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Economy

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Inflation: Increases in petrol prices are partly to blame for a faster than expected rise in the Consumer Prices Index to 3.4% in March. (Scotsman page 3, Herald page 28, Financial Times page 4, Press and Journal page 5, Guardian page 30, Daily Express page 10, Sun page 2) 

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IMF bank tax: The IMF has called for two new international taxes to be imposed on financial institutions to pay for future bailouts. (Scotsman page 2, Daily Telegraph B1, Times page 33, Financial Times page 1, Guardian page 1, Daily Mail page 2) 

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Unemployment: Unemployment has reached its highest levels in 16 years after jumping 43,000 to 2.5 million between December and February. (Guardian, Daily Mail, Times, Financial Times 

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Transport

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Volcanic Ash: All UK airports reopened last night. The arrangement made with the Civil Aviation Authority involves airlines making intensive ash damage inspections to aircraft before and after each flight. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, Times page 3, Financial Times page 1, Courier page 1, Press and Journal page 1, Guardian page 1, Daily Mail page 1, Daily Express page 1) 

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High Speed Rail: Glasgow and Edinburgh councils have joined forces to call for a high-speed rail link to be built to Scotland amid growing frustration that Scotland has been excluded from the high-speed revolution underway in England. (Herald page 12) 

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Crime

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Arrest Targets: Police officers speaking at the Scottish Police Federation conference have warned that pressure to meet specific targets on arrests and fines is leading to bad policing as they voted in favour of a motion to remove this “car salesman style of policing” in Scotland. (Herald page 2) 

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Health

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Cancer Cells: Scottish scientists have developed a system to make cancer tumours vanish within ten days by sending DNA to destroy the cells. (Herald page 1)

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Education

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Outdoors Education: Scottish Government-backed guidance published in the Curriculum for Excellence encourages teachers in Scotland to create opportunities for children to learn outdoors. (Herald)

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 Politics

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Government Expenses: The Scottish Government spent £50,000 on 42 flights made by financial experts to make five meetings of the Council of Economic Advisers. (Scotsman page 8)

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 Prostitution Laws: MSPs have defeated a bill to criminalise all aspects of prostitution. Police officers and prostitute support agencies warned the amended bill would drive prostitution onto the back streets and put women at greater risk. (Scotsman page 17, Daily Telegraph page 12, Press and Journal page 12)