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Reform Scotland news: 25 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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£6.2 billion UK spending cuts: The Chancellor George Osborne unveiled £6.2 billion worth of spending cuts yesterday to tackle the deficit.    The cuts include £1.15bn from government consultants, advertising and travel, £1.7bn from halting or delaying major projects, £600m from scrapping quangos and £320m from scrapping Child Trust Funds. (Scotsman page 6, David Maddox in the Scotsman, Allan Massie  in the Scotsman, Rachel Sylvester in the Times, Herald page 1, Sun page 10, George Osborne in the Sun, Express page 4, Mail page 10, Mirror page 4, Guardian page 1, Polly Curtis in the Guardian, Polly Toynbee in the Guardian, FT page 1, Matthew Engel in the FT, P&J page 1, Courier page 10, Telegraph page 1)

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Scottish spending cuts: The Scottish Government has opted to postpone its £332 million share of the £6.2 billion spending cuts.  Economists suggest that this could lead to the Scottish Government having to find savings of £1 billion in 2011-12. (Scotsman page 1, David Bell in the Scotsman, Times page 1, Herald page 7, Brian Currie in the Herald, Sun page 1, Express page 5, Mail page 2, Michael Forsyth in the Mail, Record page 2, Courier page 1, Telegraph page 2)

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Coalition: An ICM poll suggests 59% of people are in favour of the decision for the Lib Dems and Tories to form a coalition. (Guardian page 2)

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BNP: Nick Griffin is to stand down as leader of the BNP in 2013. (Scotsman page 9, Times page 15, Sun page 2, Guardian page 11, P&J page 5)

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Glasgow Commonwealth Games: A new deal unveiled yesterday could see the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and London Olympics share kit, volunteers and sponsors. (Sun page 6, Express page 10, Mail page 25)

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Labour leadership: John McDonnell in the Mirror outlines why he should be the new Labour Party leader.  Ed Miliband has become the first contender to secure the 33 official nominations from fellow MPs needed to ensure his name will be on the leadership ballot. (P&J page 5)

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Economy

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Energy: Lady Susan Rice, managing director of Lloyds Banking Group, has warned that £20 billion is needed to fund investments in renewable to bring about major wind farms and new marine renewable technology. (Scotsman page 2)

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Health

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MMR: The General Medical Council has found Andrew Wakefield guilty of serious professional misconduct and struck him of the medical register over his work on the MMR single vaccine.  Andrew Wakefield suggested there was a link between the vaccine and autism, causing a sharp decline in the number of children immunised.  His research has subsequently been contradicted on many occasions. (Scotsman page 11, Sun page 30, Express page 19, Mail page 8, Record page 10, Guardian page 4, Sarah Boseley in the Guardian, FT page 6, P&J page 9, Courier page 11, Telegraph page 6)

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Infant mortality:  The UK has the worst infant mortality rate in Western Europe at 5.3 deaths per 1,000 live births according to new research. (Scotsman page 16)

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Education

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Tuition fees: Scottish Education Secretary Michael Russell has said that tuition fees will not be reintroduced in Scotland despite the funding crisis facing universities. (Times page 16)

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Curriculum for Excellence: Michael Russell is to write to the parents of every child starting secondary school this year to calm fears over the introduction of the new Curriculum for Excellence. (Express page 6, Herald)