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REFORM SCOTLAND NEWS: 08 March 2011

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Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 08 March 2011

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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 highlighted 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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Prince Andrew: The Duke of York has come under pressure because of his reported links with the billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. PM David Cameron has tried to rally support for Prince Andrew, amid debate over whether he should remain as a British trade envoy. A Downing Street spokesman said: "We are not reviewing that role in any way. The government\\\’s position is very clear: that we support him in his role as trade envoy. (Scotsman page 3, Herald page 10, Press & Journal page 8, Courier page 11, Telegraph page 5, FT page 2, Guardian page 6, Times page 7, Mail page 2 & 8, Mirror page 9, Express page 9, Sun page 9 &11)

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Poll count: A bid to force returning officers to hold overnight counts for the Scottish Parliament elections was defeated at Westminster last night. The amendment, which would have seen counts for Scottish Parliament elections always start as soon as possible after polls close, was defeated by 298 votes to 206. (Scotsman page 2)

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Freedom of Information laws: The Scottish Information Commissioner, Kevin Dunion, has said that Freedom of Information laws should be extended to include private organisations that spend "millions of pounds of public money”.  He also criticised exemptions for "arms-length" bodies such as Edinburgh Leisure and Glasgow Housing Association. Mr Dunion\\\’s claims came after the Scottish Government opted not to extend Freedom of Information laws to organisations such as contractors who build and maintain hospitals, housing associations and private prisons such as Kilmarnock Prison. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 7)

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The Government of Scotland: In a new book on moving beyond devolution, Michael Keating looks at the political economy of independence, challenges Scotland\\\’s new system of government and the making and implementation of public policy. (Scotsman page 32)

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Economy

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Banking pay: The Chief Executive of Barclays, Bob Diamond, has come under fire after he was confirmed as the UK\\\’s best-paid bank boss – despite receiving a smaller-than-expected £6.5 million bonus payout for last year. (Scotsman page 10, Press & Journal page 10, Courier page 13, FT page 1,Guardian page 3, Times page 33, Record page 6, Mail page 6, Mirror page 7, Express page 27)

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Local Government

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William O’Rourke: The veteran Glasgow City councillor has been suspended following remarks about a 9-year-old rape victim. He has also been sacked from the board of Strathclyde Police Authority, as well as several prominent committees at the local authority. (Scotsman page 13, Courier page 12, Telegraph page 5, Times page 13, Record page 22, Express page 30)

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Justice

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Community sentence: The Scottish Government was facing some embarrassment last night over its flagship drive to scrap short jail sentences. The first criminal to be sentenced under the new community service order, Lawrence Winters (39) with 98 previous convictions, was back behind bars after failing to turn up for the an introductory meeting for his community payback order (CPO). (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 5, Press & Journal page 6, Times page 10, Record page 21, Mail page 10, Express page 4,  Sun page 9)

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Education

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Head teachers: Secondary head teachers have demanded more autonomy, less bureaucracy and better pay to encourage people to take up the posts. A manifesto, ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary elections, has been published by the secondary heads\\\’ union, School Leaders Scotland (SLS), which calls for "a more cost effective local authority structure". (Scotsman page 20)

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Health

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Breast cancer: Women invited for breast cancer screening in Scotland are to be given simpler information to help them decide whether to undergo testing. NHS Scotland has produced a comprehensive leaflet which brings together information previously found in different sources. However, it has been described by some as biased and unethical. (Scotsman page 15, Herald page 2)

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Ambulance failures: Scottish ambulance chiefs have admitted that eight serious incidents occurred in the line of duty over the past four years, including a patient falling from a vehicle, crews on breaks not attending emergencies and limited crews sent to fatal fires. Margaret Watt, Chairwoman of the Scottish Patients Association has said that lessons need to learned from these failures. (Scotsman page 16, Record page 26)