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REFORM SCOTLAND NEWS: 2 JUNE 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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Fiscal powers: A campaign is to be launched tomorrow calling for greater fiscal powers for Holyrood, beyond those proposed by the Calman Commission.   Ben Thomson, chairman of Reform Scotland, is one of a number of individuals involved in the campaign.  Following a meeting with First Minister Alex Salmond, Business Secretary Vince Cable yesterday gave his backing to the suggestion that the new coalition government could introduce greater constitutional reforms than those outlined by the Calman Commission. (Scotsman page 2, Iain McLean in the Scotsman, Times page 1, Herald page 6, Express page 6, P&J page 10)

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Labour leadership: Former chancellor Alistair Darling has backed David Miliband in the Labour leadership contest. (Scotsman page 6, Times page 15, Herald page 6, Mirror page 10, Record page 2, Guardian page 13, Michael White in the Guardian, FT page 2)

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David Laws: David Laws yesterday dampened speculation that he may step down from parliament early, saying he would judge in the coming weeks whether he retained the confidence of his constituents. (Times page 15, Express page 5, Guardian page 9, Jenni Russell in the Guardian, Telegraph page 4)

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Danny Alexander: Danny Alexander is facing new expenses allegations after charging the taxpayer £14,000 for food for his London home.  He allegedly claimed the £400 a month maximum even when he was on holiday. (Mail page 1)

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Jamie Stone: Lib Dem MSP Jamie Stone, who has represented Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross since 1999, is to stand down at the Scottish elections in May 2011. (P&J page 7)

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Crime

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Police numbers: Police numbers reached an all time high this year with 17,409 officers in total according to official figures. (Scotsman page 22, Sun page 2, Herald page 6, Record page 2, Courier page 12, P&J page 9)

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Local Government

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Child protection guidelines: More children who have been victims of trafficking, bullying or vulnerable to online grooming will be considered for the child protection register under new guidelines. (Scotsman page 23, Herald page 5, P&J page 7)

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Health

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Dementia: The Scottish Government yesterday launched a dementia strategy calling for national standards of care and aims to help health workers better identify suffers. (Scotsman page 16 , Record page 12, Courier page 12)

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Alcohol pricing: David Mundell, minister of state at the Scotland Office, has said Holyrood and Westminster should work together to draw up a UK-wide alcohol pricing policy to avoid business migrating over the border. (Scotsman page 6)

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Blood clots: More than a million people in Scotland are potentially at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis while in hospital because health boards are failing to put the necessary checks in place according to a report by Lifeblood. (Scotsman page 21, Herald page 2, Courier page 12)

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Education

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University lecturers: Lecturers at Scottish universities may take industrial action over proposed job cuts according to the University and College Union. (Scotsman page 5, Guardian page 11, FT page 4)

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Incompetent teachers: Education Secretary Michael Russell has said that any teacher being investigated for incompetency should be automatically suspended by the General Teaching Council. (Herald page 1, Sun page 8)