Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 21 October 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.
Death of Gaddafi: Muammar al-Gaddafi was killed yesterday by troops loyal to the National Transitional Council after a failed attempt to flee Sirte. Photos show a bullet wound to the head, reflecting speculation he was executed. There is comment on further information on the Lockerbie bombing and on Tony Blair’s reported ‘lost secrets’ regarding links to Col Gaddafi. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, The Courier page 1, P&J page 1 & page 4, Record page 1-4, Express page 1, Telegraph page 1-8, Times page 1-11, Mirror page 1-4, FT page 2, Sun page 8, Mail page 1-10, Guardian page 1-6)
SNP conference: Alex Salmond cited Scotland’s “divine legacy” at the beginning of the SNP party conference in Inverness. Mr Salmond focussed upon gaining Scottish control of energy resources and also claimed that the Treasury ‘sabotaged’ Scotland’s coal industry by abandoning plans for a power station that can store its greenhouse gas emissions. Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon also spoke, claiming she would cut the £50 million spent on elderly patients fit enough to leave hospital, but who remain in a hospital bed. Meanwhile, Dr Boardman of Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute has challenged the First Minister on fuel poverty in an energy-rich country. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 8, P&J page 9, Courier page 1, Record page 6, Express page 2, Telegraph page 20, Times page 13, Mirror page 6, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph page 21, Mail page 22, Guardian page 8)
Europe: Tory MPs have reportedly been ordered by PM David Cameron to vote against a referendum on Europe, with fears of a serious backbench rebellion rising. Lib Dem and Labour MPs are also expected to receive similar orders. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 8, Express page 6, Telegraph page 16, Times page 22, FT page 2, Sun page 10, Mail page 12, Guardian page 13)
Oliver Letwin: Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin has been cleared of security and data protection breaches after throwing more than 100 papers containing private information into bins in St James’s Park. (Guardian page 21)
Devolution: Tory Grandee Lord Heseltine has called for devolution, comparable to London’s, in the rest of England, to help compete with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. (FT page 2)
Nigg fabrication yard: It has been announced that the Nigg fabrication yard on the Cromarty Firth will undergo a transformation that will create 2,000 jobs in the next four years, with £1.8 million of government money to help start the renewal, after the Global Energy Group bought the yard. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 15, P&J page 1, Telegraph page 20, Times page 13)
North Sea oil: A £1billion plan has been laid out by Ithaca Energy UK to develop the North Sea Greater Stella area. (P&J page 19)
Scottish debts: Twenty-eight per cent of Scots have less debt than they did this time last year, whereas the figure from Cardiff and London is four per cent and fifteen per cent respectively. This news arrives amidst fears credit in Scotland is becoming harder to obtain. (Scotsman page17)
Growth agenda: Business Secretary Vince Cable has reportedly accused other ministers of ignorance about the scale of the economic situation in Britain, raising questions about the government’s growth strategy. (FT page 2)
National Conservation Centre: A £3million National Conservation Centre will be built in Stirling to safeguard the built environment by training youths in traditional building skills, which Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop says contributes £2.3billion to the economy and supports around 41,000 jobs. (P&J page 9, Express page 2)
Japanese tide-power: Japanese firm Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) is to test its tidal technology at the Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. (Scotsman page 13, Courier page 7)
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