Reform Scotland News: 11 July 2012

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

Reform Scotland is delighted to have won ‘One to Watch’ at Prospect’s think tank awards last night in London.

Politics
House of Lords reform
: The UK government last night abandoned plans to limit debating time on reforming the House of Lords to ensure the bill was not “talked out” and could not be passed.  It is reported that up to 100 Conservative MPs were prepared to rebel on the issue and by abandoning the vote the government did not face defeat. (Scotsman page 1, David Maddox in the Scotsman, Allan Massie in the Scotsman, Times page 1, Sam Coats in the Times, Daniel Finkelstein in the Times, Herald Page 1, Daily Mail Page 10, Max Hastings in the Daily Mail, The Sun page 2, Financial Times page 2, Daily Express page 7, Ann Widdecombe in the Daily Express, Guardian page 1, Press and Journal page 13)

Referendum question: The unionist parties have set up a panel of electoral experts headed by Lord Sutherland to compose a single yes/no question for the independence referendum. (Scotsman page 1, Times page 5, Herald Page 6, Daily Record Page 2, The Sun Page 2, Daily Express page 4)

Scotland’s shores: The Crown Estate has announced that it is to hand over control of the rights to harvest wild oysters and mussels in Scottish waters to Scottish organisations. (Daily Mail page 4, Scotsman page 13, Herald Page 1)

Identity: Brian Wilson in the Scotsman comments on Scots dual identity.

Salmond: Kerry Gill in the Express suggests that Alex Salmond’s plans for independence are put at risk by factors out with his control, following polls showing a reduction in support for independence.

Devo Max: Paul Gilbride in the Express claims that, in the face of opinion polls showing a fall in support for independence, the debate over Devo Max is likely to intensify

Economy
Remploy:  Labour yesterday accused the UK government of abandoning disabled workers after the government confirmed plans to close 26 factories in the UK, including one in Motherwell. However three other Scottish factories are set to be spared after attracting bids from private enterprises who want to keep them running. (Scotsman page 1, Herald Page 1, Daily Record Page 6, Daily Express page 15, Press and Journal page 3)

Donald Trump: Donald Trump yesterday officially opened his controversial golf course at Menie, Aberdeenshire. (Scotsman page 8, Jonathan Hughes in the Scotsman, Times page 2, Herald Page 1, The Sun page 12, Daily Express page 27, Guardian page 13, Press and Journal page 1)

Bob Diamond: The former chief executive of Barclays, Bob Diamond, has given up his £20million ‘golden goodbye’, accepting a reduced £2m pay-off.  However, he has rejected accusations by MPs that he misled them over regulators concerns about activities at the bank. (Herald Page 6, Scotsman page 10, Times page 6, Daily Mail page 2, The Sun page 6 Daily Express Page 2, Guardian page 4, Press and Journal page 12)

Halls: Urgent talks are taking place between unions and management at Hall’s of Broxburn meat processing plant today, aimed at safeguarding over 1700 jobs. A 90-day consultation period was announced by the site’s owners, Vion Food UK, last week. However, Morrison’s has not ruled out a takeover bid for the factory (Scotsman page 20, Herald Page 7, Press and Journal page 16)

Milk: Farmers will reportedly protest at Westminster today, urging the government to help milk producers by setting fairer prices and help keep down the future cost of a pint of milk for the consumer (Herald Page 1)

Employment: Glasgow University’s training and employment unit has concluded that the Community Jobs Scotland voluntary scheme, aimed at giving young people placements that help them to go on to find full time employment, is twice as effective as the Scottish Government’s Work Programme, with 40% of those who complete a CJS placement finding work. (Herald Page 5)

Education
Universities: Robin McAlpine in the Scotsman argues that academic staff and students should have a chance to run universities

Justice
Scotland’s police college:
Unison has claimed that workers at Scotland’s police college are suffering from a culture of “bullying and intimidation” and that several civilian staff have left their jobs as a result.  The Scottish Police Services Authority, which runs the college, has denied the claims. (Scotsman page 16, Times page 14, Daily Mail page 18, Daily Express page 18, Courier page 3)

Police: Unison has also claimed that moves to create a single Scottish police force could put at risk over 3,000 civilian jobs. The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland ascertains that the true figure is likely to be much lower. (Herald Page 3)

Transport
Trams
: According to information obtained via a Freedom of Information request by Labour, Scottish Government ministers ‘asked to be kept in the dark’ about board papers relating to the Edinburgh tram project, despite providing the scheme with funding totalling £500m. (Herald Page 7, Daily Record Page 10, Daily Mail page 16)

Health
Stroke treatment:
The Scottish Stroke Care Audit reports that patients are not receiving care soon enough and a disparity exists between Scottish regions with regards to quality of care. (Herald Page 1, Daily Mail page 17)