Reform Scotland News: 24 September 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


Labour conference: Ed Miliband is to appeal for Scots to vote no to independence in his key speech today in Brighton. He is expected to warn that independence would turn those on different sides of the border into ‘foreigners’. Ed Balls has questioned Alex Salmond’s economic plans for independence. (Scotsman page 12David Maddox in the Scotsman, Daily Record page 9, The Times page 1, Courier page 6, Courier page 14)
Jim Murphy, MP for East Renfrewshire, stated at the conference that independence would lead to a 30% cut in military spending. (Press and Journal page 14, Courier page 15)
Margaret Curran, shadow Scottish secretary, questioned whether the Scottish parliament has improved education and health in Scotland since devolution. (Daily Telegraph 
page 8)
Pensions:  Pension experts have reportedly commented that yes voters in Scotland are being left in the dark over how a post-independence system would be run. This follows a report unveiled by Nicola Sturgeon in which guarantees were set out by the SNP. These would give pensioners in an independent Scotland the same, or better, pensions and ensure that both state and private pensions would unaffected.  However, EU pension rules do not allow for companies to have cross-border pension deficits, which the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland claim could have a negative effect on many businesses and pension schemes.(Scotsman 
page 8, Herald page 6, Sun page 12, Daily Telegraph page 1, Courier page 18, Press and Journal page 16, Times page 8)
Damian McBride: Damian McBride has defended publishing his memoirs which revealed details of Labour in-fighting and briefings against rival ministers. He has stated that he never leaked secret or restricted documents. The former aid to Gordon Brown is facing calls for his allegations to be probed by the police. Gordon Brown has refused to comment on any allegations. (Scotsman page 12, Daily Record page 8, Sun page 2, Herald 
page 6, Times page 14, Guardian page 15, Daily Mail page 6


Trams: Sir Donald MacKay in the Scotsman comments on the future viability of Edinburgh’s trams. 


Fake goods:  The Scottish government is to tackle fake goods, following a study which showed nine out of ten Scots do not believe that counterfeit goods are linked to organised crime. The Anti-Illicit Trade Hub has been formed in an attempt to curb any counterfeit activity in Scotland. (Scotsman page 9, Herald page 11)