Scottish news bulletin: 25th March 2009

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All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions.

Economy

Fiscal stimulus warning: Whilst appearing at the House of Commons Treasury Committee yesterday, Mervin King, governor of the Bank of England, warned against Gordon Brown’s fiscal stimulus strategy.
Meanwhile, King has visited the Queen for a private discussion regarding the state of the economy. (The Herald page 1, The Daily Mail page 1The Daily Telegraph page 1, The P&J page 5,
The Courier and Advertiser page 9, The Times page 1& page 8, FT page 1, The Guardian page 1)

Jobs saved: A wind turbine factory in Kintyre is expected to announce that it has been saved, securing the jobs of nearly 100 people and creating several times that number in the future. (The Herald page 2)

Harris Tweed benefits: Roughly 130 weavers from Harris Tweed have finally won their battle to claim jobseekers allowance after being classed as ‘seasonal workers’. (The Scotsman page 20)

Local Government

SNP control in Dundee: The Scottish National Party is poised to take control of Dundee City Council after Labour Lord Provost John Letford resigned from the party unexpectedly to sit as an independent. (The Herald page 6, The Daily Mail page 9, Alan Cochrane in The Daily Telegraph, The P & J page 3, The Courier and Advertiser page 1, The Scotsman page 9, The Times page 13)

Glasgow development plans: Plans to turn Sauchiehall Street’s Savoy Centre in Glasgow into an £80million development are due to be submitted to the city council in the next few weeks. The project would reach 30-storeys high and include office space, restaurants and a hotel. (The Herald page 4, The Times page 16, The Daily Record page 2)

Health

Cancer drug: Scottish doctors will now be able to prescribe cancer patients with a life-prolonging drug called Sutent, which had previously been deemed not cost effective enough, after it was approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice). (The Herald page 1, The Scotsman page 21)

Dental creation: The proposal of three dental students studying at the University of Glasgow to use the gaming console Wii in order to replicate dental surgery as part of their training, has won the Dental Innovation Technology Ideas award. (The Herald page 3)

Education

Teacher numbers fall: Official Statistics have shown a fall in the number of Scottish teachers by nearly 1000 to their lowest level in four years. This threatens a key pledge by the Scottish Government to reduce class sizes. (The Herald page 1, The Daily Mail page 2, The Daily Telegraph page 2, The P & J page 4, The Scotsman page 1, The Times page 15, The Daily Record page 12, Daily Express page 9)

University job cuts: Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh has approved a consultation on compulsory redundancies which could see up to 20 members of staff axed in order to help make a required saving of £3 million. (The Herald page 2, The Scotsman page 13)

Politics

Alcohol plans: Holyrood opposition parties have convinced the Scottish Government to push forward all controversial alcohol proposals into a new health bill to be published later this year in order that they may not avoid full parliamentary scrutiny. (The Herald page 6, The Daily Mail page 5, The Daily Telegraph page 1, The P&J page 1, The Courier and Advertiser page 10, The Scotsman page 5, The Times page 21, The Daily Record page 4, Daily Express page 4)

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