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The Pagoda Perspective

6th June 2017

GENERAL ELECTION

  • Theresa May is to visit Scotland again today as the General Election campaign enters its final few days.
  • Nicola Sturgeon has said the SNP could support a Labour government “on an issue-by-issue basis” in the event of a hung parliament, although Scottish Labour has made clear that Jeremy Corbyn has “absolutely 100% refuted any prospect” of any deal or pact with the SNP.
  • New polls from Survation and Panelbase suggest the SNP is on course to lose 10 of the 56 seats it won in 2015.
  • In the rest of the UK, the latest polls show significant variations in the lead the Conservatives hold over Labour. A Survation poll found only a 1% gap between the two parties, whilst a ComRes study indicated a 12% lead for the Conservatives.
  • A report by the Electoral Reform Society has found that one in five voters plan to vote for the party most likely to defeat the party they dislike, an 11% rise from the previous General Election in 2015.
  • National Campaigning resumes today after activity was suspended following the terrorist attack in London.

INDEPENDENCE / BREXIT

  • SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said she believes Scotland will be independent by 2025, while sidestepping claims that the prospect of a second independence referendum is behind a dramatic fall in her personal popularity in Scotland.
  • Brexit is expected to trigger more competition for skilled workers, according to the latest Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)
  • The Social Market Foundation (SMF) has published a briefing on immigration which suggests that evidence on its benefits should be emphasised to the electorate.

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT

  • A top Scottish government civil servant has confirmed there was a “lapse in internal handling” over an investment announcement during the local council election campaign in May.

HEALTH

  • During last week’s FMQs, Nicola Sturgeon said she believes there is a “case for medical use of cannabis”.

TRANSPORT

  • Transport giant FirstGroup has said it is making progress in Scotland after reporting that profits grew by more than a third in its latest financial year.
  • Road safety measures are set to be assessed after a cyclist lost her life in Scotland’s first tramline death.

BUSINESS & ECONOMY

  • Activity in the UK construction sector expanded at its fastest rate in 17 months in May, boosted by a surprise rebound in homebuilding.

ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY

  • Scotland had “another extraordinary month” for renewable energy in May, according to environmental groups. Wind turbines alone provided enough electricity to supply 95% of Scottish homes.
  • A North Sea oil installation, Buchan Alpha, is to be decommissioned after 36 years of production.

SOCIAL MEDIA

  • Four Scots politicians are among the top 10 MPs who faced the most hostility on Twitter, new research has found.
  • Increasing numbers of teachers are being targeted and humiliated by their pupils in digital scams.

COMING UP

  • A live BBC debate between  Nicola Sturgeon and Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron was postponed following the London Bridge terror attack. It will now take place today, Monday 5 June.
  • The General Election is this Thursday, 8 June.