Reform Scotland News: 9 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


Union Labour membership: Ed Miliband is reportedly going to demand that trade union members can no longer automatically become party members, following revelations in Falkirk that Unite attempted to influence the selection of a candidate for the 2015 election. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6, The Sun page 2, Financial Times page 1, Times page 1, Daily Telegraph page 6, Janan Ganesh in Financial Times, Guardian page 1, Scottish Daily Mail page 4, Rachel Sylvester in Times, Benedict Brogan in Daily Telegraph, Polly Toynbee in Guardian)

Glasgow flooding: Up to 23,000 properties in the Bearsden and Maryhill areas of Glasgow were affected by a burst water main, leaving some homes without water and flooding others (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 12, Sun page 29, Scottish Daily Mail page 15)

Scottish soldiers: If Scotland becomes independent, soldiers are reportedly going to be offered higher salary and benefits if they join the new army of an independent Scotland (Sun page 10)

Better Together campaign: Former First Minister Henry McLeish has urged Labour to withdraw support for the Better Together campaign because if its ‘fear and scare tactics’. (Daily Express page 9, Scottish Daily Mail page 12)


Bankers: George Osborne has pledged to implement criminal penalties for reckless bankers and tighter bonus controls (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6, Financial Times page 3, Guardian page 19, Scottish Daily Mail page 12, Steve Barclay in Financial Times)

Market recovery: The Scottish housing market is beginning to show signs of recovery. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 2 )

Trump claims: The Trump organisation is refuting claims that the investment and jobs created at Trumps golf resort in Aberdeenshire fall short of what was originally promised, after BBC’s Panorama claimed that only £25 million of the promised £1 billion was spent, and only 200 new jobs created. (Herald page 8, Press and Journal page 12)


Cancer treatment advances: Advances in cancer treatment has saved tens of thousands of lives since the 1980s in Scotland alone, according to Cancer Research UK (Scotsman page 16 )

Drug approval changes: Charities have called for a change in Scotland’s drug approval system after a new breast cancer treatment was denied approval. (Herald page 1, Times page 4, Press and Journal page 14)


Police office cuts: Police offices across Scotland are facing closure or cuts in opening times after an internal review of stations and their use (Herald page 3)

Local Government

Housing boost: Councils and local governments in Scotland are to receive funding for every new home built, with £44 million in total to be given to local authorities. (Courier page 22, Steven Naysmith in Herald)