Reform Scotland News: 20 May 2010


All newspaper references refer to Scottish editions. Where there is a link to a newspaper’s website, the relevant page reference is blue 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.



Expenses: Labour MP Eric Illsley has been charged with false accounting for dishonestly claiming more than £20,000 in expenses. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 6, Record page 2, Guardian page 7, Telegraph page 1, P&J page 10)


Barnett review: The Queen’s Speech next week is expected to include a review of the Barnett Formula, which is used to decide how much money is given to the Scottish Parliament. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 1, Mail page 6)


Labour leadership: Ed Balls and John McDonnell both announced their candidacy for the Labour leadership yesterday.  Former Health Secretary Andy Burnham and Diane Abbott are expected to announce today that they are also running. Scots MPs Jim Murphy and Douglas Alexander are expected to run David Miliband’s leadership campaign. (Scotsman page 9, John McTernan in the Scotsman, Herald page 6, Sun page 2, Express page 11, Andy Burnham in the Mirror, Times page 13, Rachel Sylvester in the Times, Guardian page 13, Telegraph page 13, Courier page 10, P&J page 10, FT page 2)


1922 committee: Conservative backbench MPs have reacted angrily at David Cameron’s plans to open up the 1922 committee to frontbench Conservative MPs. (Times page 12, Telegraph page 1, FT page 2)


Scottish Tories: The Scottish Conservative Party is expected to announce a re-shuffle today. (Telegraph page 2)



Energy: 25 new sites have been earmarked by the Scottish Government for the development of offshore wind farms. (Scotsman page 8, Jenny Fyall in the Scotsman)


Royal Mail: The coalition government is to press ahead with restructuring Royal Mail.  Business Secretary Vince Cable believes that while Royal Mail remains in state ownership it cannot compete in a liberalised postal market. (Guardian page 1)



ECHR: Senior Lib Dem figures in the new coalition government have warned that they would rather resign than be part of a government which scrapped the Human Rights Act.  Replacing the act was a key Conservative policy at the General Election. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6, Iain Macwhirter in the Herald, Mail page 10, Mirror page 7, Guardian page 11, Courier page 5)


Lockerbie bomber: Nine months after his release, Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi is the longest surviving murderer to be released on compassionate grounds. (Sun page 11, Mail page 19. Record page 22, Times page 17, Courier page 3, P&J page 7)


Sex offenders: Three senior judges yesterday agreed that the system that places sex offenders on a register for life with no way of being removed breached their human lives. (Herald page 1, Sun page 27)



Walking to school: A new report has found that more children than ever are being driven to school.  The results suggest efforts aimed at encouraging more to walk and cycle to school are failing. (Scotsman page 3, Herald page 4)


Glasgow University: Lecturers at Glasgow University have given unanimous backing for a ballot on industrial action over the institution’s plans to cut up to 80 jobs. (Herald page 5)


Local government

Council tax: Finance Secretary John Swinney has revealed that he will aim to freeze council tax for a fourth year in April next year.  However, opponents have claimed the move cannot be justified at a time of public sector cuts. (Scotsman page 1, Eddie Barnes in the Scotsman, Express page 12, Record page 2, Courier page 7, P&J page 8)


Aberdeen city gardens: Aberdeen City councillors voted by 20 votes to seven yesterday to give their backing to a controversial offer of £50million from Sir Ian Wood for a proposed civic square at the Victorian Gardens site. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 9, Times page 21, Courier page 10, P&J page 1)



Terminally ill: Patients who are terminally ill should have the final say on their care according to new guidance from General Medical Council. (Scotsman page 15, Herald page 7, Times page 9, Telegraph page 1, P&J page 8)