REFORM SCOTLAND NEWS: 3 JUNE 2010

Reform Scotland

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Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 3 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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Crime

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Cumbrian tragedy: Yesterday Cumbrian taxi driver Derrick Bird killed 12 people and wounded at least 25 others before turning his gun on himself.  The incident began in the Cumbrian harbour town of Whitehaven.  Police are now trying to work out the motive behind Derrick Bird’s actions. (Scotsman page 1, Ian Stephen in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, Courier page 1, Press and Journal page 1, Times page 1, Guardian page 1, Financial Times page 4, Daily Mail page 1, Daily Mirror page 1, Daily Express page 1, Sun page 1, Daily Record page 1 

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Politics

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Fiscal powers: Iain McMillan, director of the CBI in Scotland, has warned that calls for greater fiscal powers for the Scottish Parliament could harm Scotland’s economy. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 6, Daily Telegraph page 9, Press and Journal page 11, Times page 11, Jim McColl in the Times, Daily Mail page 8) 

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House of Lords: David Cameron yesterday promised that there would be a vote in the House of Commons on a “predominantly elected” House of Lords by the end of the year. (Scotsman page 13, Guardian page 16 

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Regional Cuts:  David Cameron yesterday promised not to single out Scotland or any other part of the UK dependent on the public sector for swingeing job cuts. (Herald page 6) 

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Scottish Affairs Committee:  The coalition government is holding talks to avoid the Scottish committee becoming dominated by Conservative MPs from England. The committee’s membership is usually divided up in proportion to how well the parties do in the General Election, which would entitle the Tories to six seats, while Labour get four, the Lib Dems one and the SNP one. (Herald page 6) 

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Scottish Conservatives: The Scottish Tories are struggling for financial survival after winning just one seat in the General Election that prompted major donors to withdraw funding and a new hard-line attitude towards Scottish operations from Tory headquarters. (Daily Telegraph page 7) 

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Torture:  Former Labour defence minister Adam Ingram has admitted he gave a misleading account to ministers about British troops using hoods on Iraqi prisoners. (Herald page 5, Daily Telegraph page 13, Times, Guardian page 7) 

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Economy

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RBS job losses: RBS has announced that 500 jobs are to go at Edinburgh based Adam & Co. (Scotsman Business 1, Herald page 10, Courier page 16, Press and Journal page 5) 

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City Regulation: George Osborne is expected to give the Bank of England the pivotal role in preventing financial crises and assessing conditions in the City. This will strip power from the Financial Services Authority, but it is not known if the FSA will be scrapped entirely. (Guardian page 1) 

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Transport

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Train Wi-fi: Ministers are expected to approve the introduction of free wi-fi for passengers travelling on the busy rail line between Edinburgh and Glasgow. (Herald page 4) 

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Glasgow Airport:  Glasgow airport’s road access is to be made easier to use in a £2 million reorganisation. A new drop-off zone is to be created to replace the temporary facility in the car park which was introduced after the 2007 terror attacks. (Herald page 8) 

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Local Government

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Trump plans: Aberdeenshire Council is set to approve plans for Donald Trump’s masterplan for his golf resort next week. (Scotsman page 17, Press and Journal page 8) 

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Health

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Hospital Beds:  Shadow health secretary Jackie Ballie will raise health consultants’ concerns about plans to cut hundreds of hospital beds in Glasgow in Holyrood today. The Glasgow health board has denied the scale of reductions but has admitted almost 400 beds will go over the next fifteen months. (Herald page 1) 

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NHS Cuts:  Labour leader Iain Gray has attacked the SNP Government over revelations that health boards are being forced to cut thousands of jobs. (Press and Journal page 7) 

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Education

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Teaching posts: Less than a third of new teachers have been able to find a job this year according to the General Teaching Council for Scotland’s annual employment survey. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 9, Daily Telegraph page 9, Courier page 11, Times page 14, Daily Mail page 34, Daily Express page 10) 

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New schools: No new schools will be built in Scotland before the next Scottish election according to a timetable published yesterday setting out when 35 new schools are due to be built. Opposition parties have accused the SNP government of announcing their school build project three times and delays in the programme that mean no new schools will be completed in this government. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 6, Daily Mail page 34, Daily Record page 8)