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REFORM SCOTLAND NEWS: 6 JULY 2010

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Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 6 July 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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AV referendum: The plans to hold the AV referendum on the same day as the Scottish elections has been met with disapproval. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg argued that holding the referendum on the same day will save £17 million. However, the plans could also disturb the following election, as the UK Government yesterday announced that the next general election will be held on the same date (7th May 2015) as the MSPs are elected. Furthermore, five Scottish MPs could be axed in the new reform. (The Scotsman page 2, The Times page 3, The Daily Telegraph page 1, The Guardian page 6, The Press and Journal page 1, The Financial Times page 2, The Courier page 11, Daily Record page 6, The Scottish Daily Mail page 8-9, Daily Express page 15, The Sun page 6.)

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Promoting Scotland: First Minister Alex Salmond has travelled to China, where he is leading a government delegation to promote Scottish interests and strengthen trading ties. The party is also accompanied by business and tourism representatives. (The Scotsman page 9, The Press and Journal page 16.)

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Conservatives: An influential right-of-centre website, Conservativehome.com, has suggested a name change for the Tories in Scotland. It has been suggested that a review body led by Lord Sanderson, who served as a minister under Margaret Thatcher, could back the change proposed. (The Scotsman page 12.)

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Economy

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Affordable housing: A £45 million scheme to build up to 800 affordable Scottish houses has been launched; the hope is that it will stimulate the housing industry and ease homelessness. (The Herald page 6, The Press and Journal page 9, Daily Record page 16, Daily Express page 23.)

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Barnett formula: Two academics, Gerald Holtham and David Miles, suggest that a needs- based formula would indicate that Scotland receives £4 billion more in expenditure from Westminster than it should. (The Financial Times page 3.)

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Justice

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Crime victims: Strathclyde Police is creating a “diary car” which will allow victims of low level crime to arrange for officers to come around at a convenient time. The move follows a force review and is part of a package of changes that include removing sub-divisional boundaries and a transformation of the community police. (The Herald page 1)

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Transport 

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Bus service: A new luxury bus service, starting on Monday, will offer non-stop travel between Aberdeen and Glasgow. A second route will also link Glasgow and Inverness. (The Scotsman page 3.)

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Airport drop-off fee: Conservative MSP for the Lothian Region, Gavin Brown, has launched a petition against the plans to charge motorists for dropping off travellers at the airport in Edinburgh. (The Scotsman page 15.)

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Education

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Degree difficulties: A survey among graduate employers indicates that a 2:2 degree from university is no longer enough to get employed. The number of graduate vacancies has declined by seven percent, and employers also point out the excess of graduates from the last two years who have failed to find appropriate employment. Since more than half of Scottish students graduate with 2:2 or lower, this could potentially be problematic. (The Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 2, The Times page 17, The Guardian page 1, The Financial Times page 4.)