Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 10 October 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.
Defence Secretary: Defence Secretary Liam Fox prepares to face questioning from MPs and David Cameron in an inquiry into his working relationship with his former flatmate and bestman. The Defence Secretary has apologised for his working relationship with his former flatmate, Adam Werrity who is not employed by the Ministry of Defence, who arranged business meetings between businessmen and Mr Fox and attended meetings claiming to be his advisor. (The Times page 1, The Scotsman page 1, Scotland on Sunday page 1, The Sunday Times page 1, The Herald page 1, The Telegraph page 1, The Press and Journal page 1, The Courier page 12, The Sunday Herald page 2).
Sectarian Bill: Alex Salmond is reportedly to agree to a further key concession to his anti-sectarian legislation by offering a review of it after it comes into force. He will be giving into demands which state the current measures will prove too confusing and difficult to enforce (The Times page 3, Scotland on Sunday page 1).
Scottish Tory leadership: The battle for the Scottish Tory leadership intensifies as one of the contenders’ camps argues a win for Ruth Davidson would lack ‘integrity’ after it is claimed she has had unfair and biased backing from party headquarters. Others within the party continue to back a new party headed by Murdo Fraser as the best thing for the party’s future (The Times page 5, The Scotsman page 8, The Sunday Herald page 8, Scotland on Sunday page 18, The Telegraph page 8).
Scottish Lib Dems: Senior Liberal Democrats in Scotland yesterday pleaded with supporters not to leave them for their SNP rivals. After a disappointing result at the Holyrood elections, and with council elections next year, Scottish Secretary Michael Moore appealed to voters not to jump ship at the party’s Scottish conference. (The Sunday Herald page 9, Scotland on Sunday page 10, The Press and Journal page 10).
Same-sex marriage: The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie MSP, has launched an attack on Catholic Bishops seeking to impose their views on same-sex marriage on members of the church as “unacceptable” (Scotland on Sunday page 10)
Expenses investigation: Christine Grahame MSP, the convener of Holyrood’s justice committee, is reportedly under investigation for using parliamentary funds for her own election campaign (The Sunday Times page 5, The Sunday Herald page 4).
Apprenticeships: Hundreds have been forced off apprentice schemes in Scotland over the past two years because of the failing economy despite the Government’s pledges to avoid a “lost generation” of young workers. In spite of millions of pounds being invested since mid-2009 companies are still unwilling to take many of the young workers on (The Herald page 1).
Edinburgh Trams: An investigation into Edinburgh’s tram project entitled: Scotland’s Great Tram Robbery, is to be broadcast on the BBC. John Swinney, the Finance Secretary, is to claim that he received misleading information from the publicly-owned company Tie (formerly Transport Initiatives Edinburgh) during the progress of the project (The Times page 5, The Telegraph page 2, The Press and Journal page 14, The Courier page 10, The Sunday Herald page 3, Sun page 26). This comes amidst criticism from Professor Iain Docherty, who will argue that the wrong route had been chosen in the planning of the project (The Scotsman page 6, The Sunday Times page 8).
BBC Scotland: The Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop MSP, will meet with the controller of BBC Scotland this week to raise concerns about the impact of budget cuts on the corporation which include a reduction in jobs and a reduction in funds (The Times page 21).
Gaelic Teaching: Michael Russell MSP, the Education Secretary, has pledged more support for the teaching of certain classes in Gaelic, instead of English in communities where there is enough support in a move to further safeguard the survival of the language (The Sunday Times page 19, The Heral page 14).
NHS volunteers: Hospitals are under fire for a controversial new policy that drafts in volunteers to help nurses feed patients. Objections have been raised about creating patient care “on the cheap” while at the same time nursing posts are being cut across the UK (The Sunday Herald page 2)
Childhood Obesity: Children in Scotland are not as dangerously overweight as some experts have warned, a new study from the World Health Organisation has shown. (Mail page 16, Express page 5)