REFORM SCOTLAND NEWS: 20 OCTOBER 2010

Reform Scotland

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Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 20 October 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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Defence cuts: David Cameron’s government last night stood accused of the "wholesale slaughter of the military" in Scotland as his government announced deep cuts in the UK defence budget. The results of the government\’s strategic defence and security review (SDSR), unveiled by the Prime Minister, pointed towards Scotland bearing the brunt of military cuts. RAF Kinloss will close and the neighbouring Lossiemouth airbase faces a survival fight. The SDSR\’s conclusions, drawn up by the National Security Council which was chaired by Mr Cameron, left Scotland facing a potential cull of 25 per cent of its military personnel compared to a 9.5 per cent reduction in the UK as a whole. (Scotsman page 1, page 4-5, page 8-9, Herald page 1, page 6-7, Times page 1, FT page 2, Courier page 1, Press and Journal page 1, Telegraph page 1, page 9, Guardian page 4, Daily Mail page 8, Daily Express page 1, Sun page 1) 

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Economy

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Spending review: 500,000 public sector workers will be out of a job as a result of spending cuts unveiled by David Cameron today, according to an official forecast on the impact of the deepest slowdown in government spending in modern British history. The shock to the job market was inadvertently revealed by Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander as he was photographed in his chauffeur-driven limousine reading a copy of the draft Comprehensive Spending Review.
\r\nEconomists believe the effect in Scotland, which is heavily reliant on the public sector, could be far greater, with up to 90,000 jobs at risk, a far greater proportion of the workforce than in other parts of the UK. (Scotsman
page 10-11, Joan McAlpine comments page 27, Herald page 8, Times page 8, FT page 1, Courier page 11, Press and Journal page 10, Telegraph page 1, Guardian page 1, Daily Record page 1, Daily Mail page 1, Daily Mirror page 6, Sun page 4) 

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TV licence fee: The BBC has had its licence fee frozen for six years in a deal that sees it take responsibility for funding the World Service, the government has revealed. The broadcasting package due to be unveiled today as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review will also see a broadband rollout to areas such as the Borders and Highlands and Islands at a cost of £150 million, while the government will make overall savings of £340m. (Scotsman page 11, FT page 1, Guardian page 5, Daily Mail page 6) 

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Justice

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Sheridan Trial: Former political activist Katrine Trolle drew tears from Gail Sheridan yesterday as she told a court that her first of several intimate encounters with Tommy Sheridan had been in his bed, under his wedding photograph, just before Christmas. Ms Trolle is due to be questioned by Mr Sheridan when the trial resumes today. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 5, Times page 21, Courier page 6, Press and Journal page 1, Daily Record page 4, Daily Mail page 4, Daily Express page 7, Sun page 1) 

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Health

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Life expectancy: Scotland continues to have among the lowest life expectancy rates in the UK. The Office for National Statistics found that for 2007-9, life expectancy for men was highest in south-east England at 79.4 and lowest in Scotland at 75.4. For women there was a similar pattern, with the highest in the south-east and south-west of England at 83.3 and lowest in Scotland at 80.1. Life expectancy at birth for Scotland has improved over the past decade from 72.7 years to 75.4 years for men and from 78.2 years to 80.1 years for women. (Scotsman page 13, Daily Record page 16, Daily Mail page 19, Daily Express page 17)