Reform Scotland News: 23 July 2013

Reform Scotland

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

Royal birth: The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a son at 4.24pm yesterday, weighing 8lbs 6 oz.  The, as yet unnamed, Prince is third in line to the throne after his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father, the Duke of Cambridge. (Scotsman page 1, Michael Fry in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Sun page 1, Record page 1, Times page 1, Express page 1, FT page 1, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 1, Guardian page 1, P&J page 1, Courier page 1)

Commonwealth Games: Today marks a year until the opening of Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 3, Sun page 14, P&J page 20, Courier page 3)

Labour and the unions: Ed Miliband is expected to hold a special Labour Party conference to ratify his plans to change the party’s relationship with the trade unions. (Herald page 1, Guardian page 1)

Tories under the radar: The Tory party in Scotland is reportedly going to try and win more seats in Scotland at the next general election by “keeping under the radar”. (Herald page 6)

Online child sex abuse:  David Cameron has warned internet companies that they face being forced by law to ban searches for illegal images of child abuse unless they do so voluntarily.   (Hugo Rifkind in the Times, Janan Ganesh in the FT, Telegraph page 10, Philip Johnston in the Telegraph, Mail page 24, Guardian page 3, P&J page 18, Courier page 20)

Lobbying: Sam Ghibalden in the Scotsman considers who is influencing government policy.

Economy

Oil: Professor Alex Kemp commented yesterday that the predictions for the future of North Sea oil compiled by the Department for Energy and Climate Change were based on “very low” forecasts and that there was still up to 16 billion barrels remaining. (Scotsman page 9)

Exports: Peter Jones in the Scotsman considers what independence for Scotland could mean for trading with the rest of the UK.

Atos: The Prime Minister has reportedly called for an end to the monopoly Atos has had in carrying out fitness-to-work tests. (Herald page 1, Record page 8)

Health

Scottish NHS: Alex Neil in the Herald outlines the Scottish government’s long-term solutions for the NHS.

Education

University applicants: According to Ucas, 31.6 per cent of Scottish 18 year olds have applied for a place at university this autumn – the highest recorded figure. (Scotsman page 10)