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Reform Scotland News: 12 May 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. 

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

 

Politics

Prime Minister Cameron: David Cameron became the UK’s latest Prime Minister yesterday following Gordon Brown’s resignation and agreement between the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives to enter a full coalition agreement.  Nick Clegg is to become Deputy Prime Minister, George Osborne will become Chancellor and William Hague will become Foreign Secretary.  It is expected that in addition to Nick Clegg the Lib Dems will get 4 cabinet posts including Scottish Secretary which is to be given to Danny Alexander. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, Times page 1, Courier page 1, Press and Journal page 1, Guardian page 1, Financial Times page 1, Daily Express page 1, Daily Mail page 1, Daily Mirror page 1, Sun page 1) 

Details of the coalition agreement are still emerging but in addition to the Cabinet posts it includes agreement to scrap ID cards, hold a referendum on voting reform, and introduce fixed term parliaments and a quicker introduction of spending cuts to cut the deficit. (Scotsman page 6, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Herald page 3, Daily Telegraph page 2, Times page 4, Guardian page 6, Financial Times) 

Gordon Brown resigns as PM: Additional coverage of Gordon Brown’s departure from Downing Street, (Scotsman page 4, Daily Telegraph page 3, Times page 3, Guardian page 2, Financial Times page 2, Daily Express page 3, Daily Mail page 2, Daily Record page 1, Daily Mirror page 2)

Scottish Labour: Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray described the coalition between Conservative and Lib Dems as a “deal with the devil”- pre-empting a Scottish Labour bid for disillusioned Lib Dem supporters. Senior Scottish Lib Dems argue they will be “blunting the impact” in Scotland of a Tory-led government. (Scotsman page 8, Times page 11, Daily Record page 8) 

Spending Cuts: MSPs have warned that universal benefits such as free prescriptions and eye tests may be cut or targeted in the forthcoming period of ‘entrenchment’ in public spending. The Scottish budget is expected to be cut as much as £35 billion over the next 15 years. (Scotsman page 14, Press and Journal page 10, Daily Express page 9) 

Labour: The Parliamentary Labour party will meet today to discuss what went wrong with their campaign and failed plans for a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Harriet Harman is the current acting leader of the Labour party, but rumoured candidates for Labour leadership include David and Ed Miliband, Jon Cruddas, Alan Johnson and Andy Burnham. (Herald page 4, Daily Telegraph page 6, Times page 14, Guardian page 12, Financial Times page 2, Daily Express page 2, Daily Mail page 8, Daily Mirror page 9)  

Public Trust: According to the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2009, trust in the SNP Scottish Government to act in Scotland’s best interests has fallen from 71% in 2007 to 61% in 2009. (Herald page 11) 

Lap Dancing: SNP MSP Sandra’ White’s proposed amendment of the Criminal Justice and Licensing Bill to help local authorities prevent lap dancing clubs, has been put on hold due to fears it could affect national theatre and ballet productions. (Scotsman page 25, Herald page 13, Press and Journal page 11, Daily Express page 10)

Economy

Industrial Growth: Britain’s manufacturing output jumped 2.3% in March – five times higher than expected – raising hopes of an upward revision of Britain’s economic growth. (Scotsman page B1, Herald page 27, Daily Telegraph page B1, Press and Journal page 19, Guardian page 24, Financial Times page 7) 

UK Economic plight: Scotland’s chief economist, Dr Andrew Goudie has likened Britain’s plight to the 1970s when it required a bail-out from the IMF. Dr Goudie predicted the £35 billion cuts to the Scottish budget and incurred finance committee anger when he published them during the election. (Herald page 6) 

Pound Strengthened: The pound rebounded yesterday after news of a coalition government was confirmed, breaking through the $1.50 mark. (Herald page 28, Daily Telegraph page B1, Financial Times page 4)

Unemployment: Unemployment has reached its highest level in 15 years, rising by 53,000 to 2.51 million in the three months to March. (Guardian, Financial Times) 

Transport

Volcanic Ash: Restrictions on flights around the buffer zone of no-fly areas disrupted by volcanic ash have been eased. (Scotsman page 20, Guardian page 15, Daily Record) 

BA Strikes: BA staff cabin crew have announced details of four back-to-back five-day stoppages that will start on Tuesday and run through the half-term break and are drawing up plans for a second wave of stoppages during the summer. (Daily Telegraph page 17, Press and Journal page 5, Financial Times page 6) 

Local Government

Argyll Schools: There are fears of school closures in Argyll after the Council published a report estimating it would cost £60 million to improve Argyll and Bute’s school estate, with the backlog of maintenance alone costing £25million. (Scotsman page 15) 

Health

Working Hours: A study has shown that people working over ten hours a day could be up to 60 per cent more likely to suffer heart problems and die. (Scotsman page 15, Herald page 9, Daily Telegraph page 14, Times, Guardian page 14, Financial Time page 7)