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Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 7 May 2015

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.

Politics
Eve-of election polls: A number of opinion polls were published just before polling began. ICM put both the Conservatives and Labour on 35%; A YouGov poll suggested both parties will win 276 seats; a Panelbase poll in Scotland put the SNP on 48%, ahead of Labour of 26%; and a YouGov poll in Scotland put the SNP on 48% with Labour on 28%. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 1, Record page 1, FT page 1, Guardian page 6, P&J page 1)

Second referendum: Opposition parties have warned that the SNP are “on manoeuvres” for a second independence referendum. (Scotsman page 6, Express page 1)

Unpredictable election: Polling has begun in what has been described as one of the most unpredictable elections since the 1970s. (Dr Daniel Kenealy in the Scotsman, Nicola Sturgeon in the Sun, National page 1, Nicola Sturgeon in the National, Lesley Riddoch in the National, Times page 10, Express page 4, Herald page 1, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 1, Guardian page 1, Seumas Milne in the Guardian, David Marquand in the Guardian, Courier page 1, P&J page 15)

Votes: Nicola Sturgeon in the Record comments that regardless of the election result, the SNP will never back the Tories, while Ed Miliband in the Record outlines why people should vote Labour. (page 4)

Campaigns: John Mullin in the Scotsman, Iain MacWhirter in the Herald, Robbie Dinwoodie in the Herald, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph and Michael Deacon in the Telegraph comment on the election campaigns.

Trident: Annabel Goldie and Patrick Harvie in the Record argue for and against Trident.  (Page 10)

Queen’s Speech: Buckingham Palace has confirmed that the Queen will deliver the Queen’s Speech on 27 May, even if it is likely that the speech is voted down in the House of Commons. (Times page 1)

Unionist Scotland: John Lloyd in the FT comments on unionism in Scotland.

SNP: Tim Stanley in the Mail comments that a Labour government propped up by the SNP could harm the Union.

 

Health
Minimum pricing:  A hearing on the Scottish Government’s proposal for a 50p minimum unit price for alcohol took place at the European Court of Justice yesterday.  A preliminary ruling is expected later this year. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 4, P&J page 16)