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Daily Political Media Summary: 27 April 2010

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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Hung parliament: The Conservatives have launched an offensive on the prospect of a hung parliament following concerns among the party’s leadership that it will fail to win an outright majority. Meanwhile Nick Clegg said yesterday that any party that wants to deal with the Lib Dems will have to deliver a deal on proportional representation.  Nick Clegg also said that he would work with Labour even if they were third place in the share of the vote, but only if Gordon Brown stood down as leader. (Scotsman page 4, John Curtice in the Scotsman, Allan Massie in the Scotsman, Sun page 2, Herald page 1, Guardian page 1, George Monbiot in the Guardian, Mail page 6, Times page 1, page 6, Express page 4, Record page 6, P&J page 1, FT page 2, Telegraph page 1, page 4, James Kirkup in the Telegraph, Mary Riddell in the Telegraph)

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Economic forecast: Alf Young in the Scotsman analyses the state of the Scottish economy and what they consequences of various parties’ economic policies would be.

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TV debate challenge: After raising £50,000 the SNP will today file papers at the Court of Session in Edinburgh in an attempt to either allow Alex Salmond into the final leaders’ debate or to have it scrapped. (Scotsman page 8, Sun page 1, Herald page 6, Mail page 6, Magnus Linklater in the Times, Express page 2, Nicola Sturgeon in the Express, Record page 6, P&J page 11,Telegraph page 6)

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Religion: Michael Kelly in the Scotsman disagrees with the Bishop of Motherwell’s view that the Labour Party is anti-Catholic.

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SNP voting: Alex Salmond has said that he may drop the SNP’s ban on voting on English only issues in the event of a hung parliament. (Times page 10)

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Scotland/ England: Hamish Macdonnell in the Mail comments that while the electorate in England is desperate for change, the public in Scotland seem to be happy for more of the same.

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Health

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Midwife investigation: Hundreds of births at Aberdeen Maternity hospital are to be investigated after a midwife was suspended cover concerns about the care of mothers and babies. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 12, Herald page 3, Mail page 1, Express page 1, Record page 1, P&J page 1)

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Southern General: The Southern General Hospital in Glasgow has been ordered to improve its hygiene after inspectors criticised its cleanliness and state of repair. (Herald page 2, Record page 2)

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Doctors’ bonuses: 578 NHS doctors in Scotland have received bonuses with a combined value of £25m. (Mail page 2)

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Heroin: Gareth Balmer, a leading drugs worker with Addiction Dundee, has suggested that heroin should be available on the NHS to reduce crime and wean addicts of the drug. (Courier page 1)

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Education

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Curriculum: According to a Scottish Government commissioned survey three-quarters of teachers believe they have not had enough training on the new curriculum, due to come into force in August. (Scotsman page 15, Courier page 3, P&J page 8)

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Politics

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Fraud: A report by the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at Plymouth University suggests the government is losing £38billion a year through fraud. (Sun page 2)