Reform Scotland News: 13 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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Coalition government: David Cameron and Nick Clegg held a press conference yesterday to outline how the coalition government would work over the next five years. The press conference coincided with the publication of a 7-page document outlining key elements of the coalition agreement. (Scotsman page 1, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Eddie Barnes in the Scotsman, Sun page 1, Herald page 1, Michael Settle in the Herald, Guardian page 1, Nicholas Watt in the Guardian, Seumas Milne in the Guardian, Times page 1, Daniel Finkelstein in the Times, Ben Macintyre in the Times, Mirror page 1, Express page 1, Mail page 1, P&J page 1, Courier page 1, Telegraph page 1, Robert Winnett in the Telegraph, Philip Hensher in the Telegraph, Paddy Ashdown in the Telegraph, Benedict Brogan in the Telegraph, FT page 1, Philip Stephens in the FT)

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Cabinet posts: Further details of the new Cabinet were announced yesterday including the five posts for the Lib Dems.  Appointments included Theresa May as Home Secretary, Ken Clarke as Justice Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith at Work and Pensions for the Conservatives and for the Lib Dems Vince Cable as Business, Innovation and Skills and David Laws as Chief Secretary to the Treasury. (Scotsman page 6, Emma Cowing in the Scotsman, Sun page 7, Herald page 4, Guardian page 4, Times page 8, Times page 6, Record page 4, Telegraph page 2, FT page 4)

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Coalition government and Scotland: David Cameron spoke to Alex Salmond yesterday to underline his commitment to devolution and pledged to govern Scotland with “respect”.  The coalition agreement includes proposals to implement the Calman Commission recommendations, which will pass more powers to Holyrood, as well as setting up a commission to consider the West Lothian question. David Cameron is expected to visit Scotland on Friday. (Scotsman page 10, James Mitchell in the Scotsman, Sun page 8, Herald page 1, Guardian page 15, Times page 11, Express page 4, Mail page 6, Malcolm Bruce in the Mail, John MacLeod in the Mail, P&J page 11, Courier page 11, Telegraph page 6, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph)

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Labour leadership: David Miliband announced his intention to run for the Labour leadership yesterday.  He has received backing from a number of MPs including Alan Johnson. (Scotsman page 12, Sun page 8, Herald page 6, Guardian page 12, Times page 15, Mirror page 10, Alan Johnson in the Mirror, Record page 6, P&J page 13, Courier page 10, Telegraph page 9, John McTernan in the Telegraph)

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Labour: Brian Wilson in the Scotsman comments on the future of the Labour party.

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Election dates: The SNP has voiced concerns over a potential clash in the Scottish and UK general elections in 2015 following proposals from the Lib Dems and Conservatives at Westminster to introduce fixed term parliaments. (P&J page 13)

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Economy

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Unemployment: Unemployment rose to 216,000 in Scotland in the three months to March according to figures released yesterday. (Scotsman page 8, Sun page 2, Express page 10, Record page 10, P&J page 10)

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VAT: George Kerevan in the Scotsman comments on the likely increase in VAT

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Transport

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Forth Road Bridge: MSPs yesterday agreed that repairing the Forth Road Bridge was not a viable option and gave their backing to the principle of a new £2billion crossing. (Scotsman page 23, Sun page 2, P&J page 7, Courier page 9)

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Crime

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Fraudster: Abdul Rauf, who admitted lying to obtain £80,000 in income support, has been jailed for two years despite a controversial intervention by Nicola Sturgeon asking the Sheriff to consider sparing him jail time. (Scotsman page 15, Sun page 1, Herald page 7, Times page 19, Express page 7, Record page 19, Mail page 19, P&J page 9, Courier page 13)

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Children in prison: Five children under 16 were held in adult prisons in Scotland over the past year. (Scotsman page 24, Sun page 10)