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Reform Scotland News: 19 April 2011

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.

 

In addition to the newspaper stories outlined below, further news coverage can be found online at BBC News Scotland, STV News and Sky News.

 

Scottish election

Green pledge: The Scottish Green Party is launching its’ manifesto today. One of the policies includes 0.5p being added onto the Scottish variable rate of tax from 2013. (Scotsman page 6, Courier page 9, P&J page 11, Times page 15, Mail page 8)

 

Lib Dem Campaign: The Lib Dems have claimed that regional development banks would allow money to reach more local businesses and boost Scottish tourism. Creating the banks is one of the party’s key election pledges ahead of the Scottish Parliament election on 5 May. This comes as Business Secretary Vince Cable was held back from delivering an anti-tory speech to a group of businessmen at Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 6, P&J page 11, Telegraph page 1, Mirror page 6, Sun page 2)

 

SNP campaign: The SNP has pledged to spend at least £1 billion more over the course of the next parliament on Scotland’s NHS if the party wins a second term in power. Alex Salmond also pledged a £30 million package to improve cancer services through early detection, and said that the NHS would remain in public hands. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 12, Courier page 9, P&J page 11, Times page 15, Express page 4, Sun page 4)

 

Labour campaign: Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Iain Gray, has told trade union activists that his party will create 250,000 jobs if it wins power in May’s election. The pledge was made yesterday at the start of a three-day tour of Scotland to promote the party’s policies, which include the abolition of youth unemployment. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6 P&J page 11, Times page 15, Record page 2, Express page 4, Sun page)

 

Tory campaign: Annabel Goldie, the Scottish Tory leader, has admitted she does not think she will ever be First Minister. She also urges voters to judge her by her actions, not words, on polling day. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 6, P&J page 11)

 

Economy

Trading Warning: Lloyds TSB Scotland has issued a warning that expects difficult economic conditions in Scotland over this year. (Herald page 26)

 

Local Government

Armed Forces Day: Edinburgh is to stage three days of special events to mark its hosting of Britain’s Armed Forces Day this summer. Events will include parades, air displays and open-air parties in Holyrood Park. The Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force will each be playing a major part in the festivities. (Scotsman page 15,)

 

Justice

Knife Crime: the Scottish police federation has accused labour of being “fixated” with compulsory jail terms for knife crime, and said that the plan is deemed to fail, and will not resolve the issue. (Scotsman page 4)

 

Transport

Easter Travel: The next two weekends are expected to be the busiest Easter period in almost five years as more than three million cars are expected to take to Scotland’s roads. Drivers are urged to plan ahead when making journeys over Easter and the weekend of the Royal wedding. (Scotsman page 5,)

 

Education

Teaching: Teachers are to call for measures to reduce teachers’ workloads at a union conference this week. Delegates at the national congress to be held in Glasgow on Friday are also expected to reject the latest pay offer for the profession from Cosla. (Scotsman page 20,)

 

University court: A spokesman for Abertay University in Dundee confirmed that three members of the ruling court at the university, thought to be the first in Scotland to suspend its principal, are to resign. (Scotsman page 9, Herald page 5, Courier page 11, P&J page 9)

 

Teachers’ degree: A new poll, conducted by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, has found that more than three in five think at least a 2:2 award is necessary to teach secondary school pupils, while almost half think it is necessary for primary school teachers. (Scotsman page 21)

 

School Closures: Scottish Government ministers have been accused of interfering in councils’ decisions to close schools. (Herald page 1 & 14)

 

Health

Swearing: According to a new study, to be unveiled at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference in Glasgow next month, swearing can have a “pain- lessening effect” after injury as it heightens the pain threshold. (Scotsman page 21, Courier page 7, P&J page 13, Sun page 24)

 

Multiple Sclerosis: Neurology experts from Oxford University found that MS may be linked to limited sun exposure. (Herald page 3)