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Reform Scotland News: 11 May 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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In addition to the newspaper stories outlined below, further news coverage can be found online at BBC News Scotland, STV News and Sky News.

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Politics

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Gordon Brown resigns: Yesterday the Prime Minister announced that he was to step down as Labour leader with a new in place by the autumn.  This would leave Gordon Brown still acting as Prime Minister and Labour leader in the interim.  The announcement was seen as an attempt to block a coalition deal between the Lib Dems and the Conservatives and pave the way for a deal between Labour and the Lib Dems.  Following the announcement the Conservatives offered the Lib Dems a referendum on voting reform. (Scotsman page 1, Eddie Barnes in the Scotsman, John McTernan in the Scotsman, Stephen McGinty in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Sun page 1, Mirror page 1, Paul Routledge in the Mirror, Express page 1, Times page 1, Philip Webster in the Times, Roy Hattersley in the Times, Mail page 1, Record page 1, Guardian page 1, Michael White in the Guardian, P&J page 1, Courier page 1, FT page 1, Matthew Engel in the FT, Telegraph page 1, Mary Riddell in the Telegraph)

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Labour leadership: Although there was agreement that no candidate should announce their intention to run for the leadership of the Labour party until negotiations between the parties were completed, there is speculation in the papers as to who the likely contenders will be. (Scotsman page 9, Herald page 4, Sun page 4, Mirror page 6, Express page 5, Mail page 6, Record page 6, Guardian page 6, Roy Hattersley in the Guardian, P&J page 5, FT page 3)

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Coalition talks: Further coverage on the on-going negotiations between the Lib Dems and both the Conservatives and Labour. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 4, Trevor Kavanagh in the Sun, Mirror page 4, Express page 3, Times page 6, Peter Riddell in the Times, Rachel Sylvester in the Times, Peter Oborne in the Mail, Guardian page 1, Polly Toynbee in the Guardian, David Blunkett in the Guardian, Philip Stephens in the FT, Telegraph page 2, Telegraph page 7, Paul Goodman in the Telegraph)

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SNP: Labour sources indicated yesterday that Gordon Brown’s departure would not open the door to a deal with the SNP at Westminster. (Times page 3, Mail page 8)

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Economy

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RBS: Royal Bank of Scotland announced further job losses of 2,600 yesterday. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 1, Sun page 10, Express page 8, Mail page 20, Record page 8, P&J page 10, Telegraph page 10)

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Transport

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BA: The Unite union yesterday announced four five-day walk outs by BA cabin crew starting from next Tuesday. (Scotsman page 15 , Herald page 11, Express page 7, Times page 14, Mail page 12, Record page 14, Guardian page 14, P&J page 11, Telegraph page 8)

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Local Government

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Glasgow: Labour councillors in Glasgow yesterday voted for Councillor Gordon Matheson to replace Steven Purcell as leader of the council. (Scotsman page 16, Michael Kelly in the Scotsman, Herald page 13, P&J page 7)

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Crime

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Police: Strathclyde Police Force has been criticised after it emerged that police officers stood by and watched while three students saved a drowning women in the River Clyde. (Sun page 20, Express page 9)

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Health

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Health board elections: Huge numbers of candidates have come forward for the first elections for NHS health boards causing logistical problems for councils and the NHS. (Herald page 9, Mail page 19)