Reform Scotland News: 25 July 2013

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

Leaked energy paper: An internal paper by the Scottish Government warning of the need to wean the country off “damaging price volatile fossil fuels” has been leaked. (Scotsman page 12, Robin McAlpine in the Scotsman, Herald page 11, Times page 14, Telegraph page 10, Express page 23)

Labour and Unite union: Unite leader Len McCluskey has condemned an internal labour report into the Falkirk selection row as a “shoddy farce”, while demanding a greater say over the party’s future direction as well as warning Ed Miliband that Labour must oppose the coalition’s austerity measures in order to win the support of Unite members.  (Herald page 6, Daily Record page 27, Times page 11)

Airguns: Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has come under attack from the British Association of Shooting and Conservation for trying to push through airgun licensing, despite a public consultation finding 87% of respondents were opposed to it. (Scotsman page 18)

Archbishop: Monsignor Leo Cushley, a Vatican career diplomat, has been appointed as the new Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh following the scandal surrounding his predecessor Cardinal Keith O’Brien. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6, Times page 2, Telegraph page 6, Express page 25, Daily Record page 2, Sun page 2, P&J page 18, Courier page 23)

SNP tributes: Alex Salmond led tributes to SNP “stalwart” Allison Hunter, who spent 12 years as the party’s national organiser, before passing away last Thursday evening as a result of cancer. (Times page 14)

Independence: Iain Macwhirter in the Herald argues that David Cameron cannot afford to be too confident of a ‘No’ vote in the referendum following signs that the economy is recovering. (Herald page 13)

Royal baby: It has been announced that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby will be named George Alexander Louis. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 1, P&J page 1, Tom Shields in the Herald page 14, Times page 1, Telegraph page 1, Express page 1, Courier page 25, Guardian page 7)

Economy

Manufacturing: A survey by the Confederation of British Industry in Scotland shows that Scottish manufacturers suffered a fifth consecutive quarterly fall in total new orders, though they still achieved renewed growth in output after a nine month period of decline. (Herald page 26, Daily Record page 2, P&J page 35)

RBS chief: The Royal Bank of Scotland looks set to undergo further restructuring, as the bank searches for a new chief executive. (FT page 1)

Debt plans: The number of Scots going bankrupt has fallen dramatically thanks to government debt repayment schemes, new figures show. (Express page 27)

Health

Watchdog criticism: Scotland’s public services watchdog has criticised care given to the ‘most vulnerable members of society’, following a report into the death of a woman with Down’s syndrome. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 11)

Hospital warning: The Royal Cornhill Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Aberdeen, has received an official warning about safety, amid concerns from the Health and Safety Executive. (P&J page 7)

Local Government

Childcare: A report by the Family and Childcare Trust has shown a wide variation in levels of provision and cost between council areas, with care in the most expensive local authorities costing 80% more than in the least expensive. (Herald page 7)

Labour interference: Labour councillors in Aberdeen have been accused of political interference after a key finance and resources committee report was revised on the eve of a meeting. (P&J page 8)

Education

Teacher shortage: Teachers from Canada and Ireland are being drafted in as a solution to Aberdeenshire’s school staffing crisis. (Herald page 10, P&J page 7)

Crime

Sharkey murder: Two men, Scott Snowden and Robert Jennings, have been found guilty of the murder of Thomas Sharkey and his two children. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 1, P&J page 11, Courier page 15)