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Reform Scotland News: 28 June 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

Supreme Court: The first Minister’s review group has published an interim report stating that the London-based court still has a role to play in Scotland. However, the report recommended placing limitations on the Supreme Court, such as removing its power to call in a case regardless of whether or not the Court of Criminal Appeal has given leave. (Times page 1, Scotsman page 4, Daily mail page 10, Sun page 2,  Herald page 6, Daily Express page 2, Telegraph page 2)

 

Army Training Facility: Military chiefs are looking into various sites in the Borders where they could establish a multi-purpose training facility for the Army after 20,000 troops are withdrawn from Germany. The news comes as Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, ordered a dramatic shake-up of the military services. (Times page 5, Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6, FT page 2, Daily Express page 15, Telegraph page 2, Courier page 10)

 

Labour Leadership: The reported lack of candidates to become the next leader of the labour party could force Iain Gray to retain the position. (Times page 15, Daily Express page 2)

 

Inverclyde by-election: With polling day just around the corner, Labour and the SNP have accused each other of scaremongering and negative campaigning in an attempt to secure the role on MP for Inverclyde. (Scotsman page 10)

 

Economy

Strikes: 20,000 civil servants are due to strike on Thursday after talks with the UK government on pensions broke down last night. Members f the Public and Commercial Services union and teaching unions in Scotland are set to walk out, potentially causing sever disruption to services. (Scotsman page 11, FT page 2, Daily Express page 4, Telegraph page 4, Daily Record page 4)

 

Housing Market: Latest statistics from HM Revenue and Customs show that, when it comes to recovery of the housing market, Scotland is faring worse than the rest of the UK. The number of houses sold has fallen for the second quarter running. (Daily mail page 17)

 

Local Government

Commonwealth Games resignation: John Scott, Chief Executive of the organising committee, has tendered his resignation after admitting that he accepted gifts from a potential supplier to the event. (Times page 5, Scotsman page 2, Daily mail page 9, Sun page 9, Herald page 5, Daily Express page 5, Telegraph page 6, Daily Record page 6, Courier page 12)

 

Flood Protection Scheme: A new £25m protection scheme officially opened yesterday in Rothes, Moray. The town is particularly susceptible to flooding because three rivers converge there, putting 80% of homes at risk. (Scotsman page 19)

 

Justice

‘Super-ned’: Edmond Eccles, the self-styled ‘Super-Ned’ whose behaviour in Clackmannanshire contributed to Scotland’s antisocial behaviour laws, has been jailed for almost four years after pleading guilty to assault with intent to rob and breaching the peace. (Times page 12, Daily Mail page 27, Sun page 11 Herald page 9, Daily Express page 24, Daily Record page 25, Courier page 7)

 

Capital’s crime rate: The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland has said that policing performance in Scotland has ‘never been better’, yet Lothian and Borders police force experienced a rise of 15% in recorded violent crime compared to last year, with more than 30 attacks a day. (Scotsman page 6, Daily mail page 1, Herald page 3, Daily Record page 2, Daily Record page 6, Courier page 11)

 

Confiscated money: Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC announced yesterday that over £25 million has been seized from criminals and will now be spent on community projects following a series of high-profile confiscations. (Scotsman page 16, Sun page 2, Herald page 7, Daily Express page 10)

 

Domestic Abuse: Strathclyde police has released figures showing a dramatic rise in cases of domestic abuse of men, at female hands. Abuse of women by men is also continuing to rise. (Scotsman page 22, Daily mail page 4)

 

Education

Dole ‘Time Bomb’: According to new figures published by the Scottish Government, more than 1,400 teenagers are leaving school without qualifications and one in seven eventually end up on benefits. The situation is only a slight improvement on last year. (Scotsman page 12, Daily Mail page 19)

 

University rise: Official Scottish government statistics show that record numbers of Scottish pupils are continuing their studies and going to university or college. (Herald page 5, Daily Express page 2)

 

Health

NHS cuts: British Medical Association chairman, Dr Hamish Meldrum, has warned of further sever cuts to NHS services, both north and south of the border. (Scotsman page 19, Herald page 2, FT page 2)