Reform Scotland News: 9 May 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.

 

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

Independence: Buoyed by his party’s historic victory in the Holyrood elections, Alex Salmond has reportedly said that independence for Scotland is now “inevitable”. The SNP leader’s comments came amid confusion in the UK coalition over the Westminster government’s response to the Nationalists’ plans to press ahead with holding a referendum on Scottish independence. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Sunday Herald page 2, Scotland on Sunday page 1, Courier page 1, Press and Journal page 1)

 

Tavish Scott: Tavish Scott became the second leadership casualty of the election when he accepted responsibility for the Scottish Liberal Democrats’ disastrous election performance and resigned as party leader. Mr Scott, one of only five Liberal Democrat MSPs to be returned to Holyrood, told a private meeting of his fellow MSPs at party headquarters in Edinburgh that he was standing down with immediate effect. (Scotsman page 8, Sunday Herald page 4, Scotland on Sunday page 1, Press and Journal page 10)

 

Iain Gray: Iain Gray has announced he will remain Labour leader until the autumn as his party descended into a series of recriminations following one of the most disastrous results in its history. Mr Gray said he would resign, but not until later in the year after he had overseen an investigation into his party’s humiliating defeat. (Scotsman page 6)

 

Tory Donor: A leading Tory donor has become the first party figure in Scotland to call for Annabel Goldie to quit.  John McGlynn, a self-made millionaire and ally of Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw, said that Miss Goldie should “do the decent thing and resign” following another election “disaster.” He added that Miss Goldie was presiding over the “slow and painful death” of the Scottish Tories. (Sunday Herald page 3, Scotsman page 7)

 

Lossiemouth: Business leaders in Lossiemouth have launched a bid to save the town’s closure-threatened RAF base. In a joint letter to MPs, peers and Scotland’s newly-elected MSPs, the Lossiemouth Business Association and Moray Task Force have warned that closure would have “serious and lasting implications for the Moray economy”. (Scotsman page 19)

 

Economy

Public Sector Pay: Workers in the public sector have received bigger pay rises than those in private firms despite the government’s attempt to restrain pay, a new report claimed today.

A study by think tank Policy Exchange said the gap between public and private sector pay was still widening, with many workers in firms seeing “drastic cuts” in their standard of living. (Scotsman page 2, Daily Telegraph page 6, Press and journal page 5)

 

Private Companies: The recovery seen by private companies in the manufacturing and service sector in Scotland is “back on track”, according to new figures. The latest data in the Bank of Scotland PMI (Purchasing Managers’ Index) report continued to highlight growth in new orders last month, although job creation slowed to a “nominal rate”, weaker than in March. Growth in output increased from 54.4 in March to 55.8 last month with companies saying the rise was down to “robust demand conditions”. (Scotsman page 33, Herald page 26, Courier page 3)

 

Health

Breast Cancer: Some 20,000 cases of breast cancer in the UK – and at least 2,000 in Scotland – could be prevented each year if women led a more healthy lifestyle, a charity has warned. The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) said being more physically active, reducing alcohol consumption and staying at a healthy weight could significantly reduce rates of breast cancer. With about 47,600 cases of breast cancer recorded in the UK in 2008, including 4,200 in Scotland, the charity estimated that around 42 per cent of these could be avoided through healthier lifestyle choices. (Scotsman page 15, Daily Telegraph page 8)