Reform Scotland News: 24 January 2014


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



Independence: Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael claims that an independent Scotland would not be part of the Common Travel Area (CTA) and Scots would have to show passports when travelling to other countries in the UK. While two former Labour MPs claim that a yes vote on Independence could help secure a Labour Government in Scotland in 2016. (Scotsman page 1, Daily Record page 8, The Times page 1, Daily Record page 2)


Rebecca McQuillan comments on page 13 of The Herald that a yes vote could lead to a stronger right wing in Scotland.


By-election: The Labour candidate Alex Rowley has won the Cowdenbeath by-election with a majority of 5,488 votes. UKIP beat the Lib Dems to fifth place. (Scotsman page 1, BBC online)


Ryder cup trip: Alex Salmond has been questioned over a trip to the US in 2012 where £54,000 of tax payers’ money was reportedly spent. (The Scotsman page 6, The Sun page 2, Daily Record page 8, The Herald page 2, The Daily Telegraph page 1)


Alan Cochrane comments on page 8 of The Daily Telegraph that Alex Salmond does not believe he should be challenged, due to his large majority in the Scottish Parliament.


Sex-abuse claims: A woman who claimed to be sexually assaulted by Liberal Democrat MP Mike Hancock has spoken out against Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael for not taking action while he was chief whip. (Scotsman page 8, The Herald page 6)


Forth bridge bid: The Forth Bridge will become a World Heritage Site in the next 18 months if the bid is approved. (Scotsman page 9, The Herald page 5)


Youngest ever minister: Reverend Michael Main has become the Church of Scotland’s youngest ever minister, at the age of 25. (The Herald page 1)



Anger over energy: Energy giant SSE is expecting profits of £1.5 billion this year, which has sparked anger amongst customers following a major price rise a couple of months ago. They are also threatening to pull out of their commitment to offshore wind farms. (Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 3)


Retirement debt: Almost one quarter of workers in Scotland, who are retiring this year, have some form of debt, paying off mortgages, credit cards or loans. (The Herald page 1)


Basic Income Level: One fifth of Scots households, 400,000, are below the level to afford an adequate standard of living according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation report. (The Herald page 5)


Women and state pensions: Three quarters of women do not know what to expect from their state pension, according to a report by The Pension Advisory Service. (The Herald page 9)


Shipyards: A shipbuilding boss has said that there would be no change to plans at his shipyards if there was a Scottish yes vote for Independence. (The Sun page 2)


Bank of England Flagship Policy: Mark Carney, governor at the Bank of England, has reportedly said that the policy of linking interest rates to the rate of unemployment is to be ditched. (Financial Times page 1)



Defying cancer: 11,000 Scots, over the age of 65, have gone on to live over 10 years following being diagnosed with cancer. (Scotsman page 14, The Herald page 4)


Prostate cancer: Prostate Cancer UK has reportedly claimed that only 4% of Scottish GPs always initiate discussions with men over 50 who have no symptoms. (The Herald page 1)



Job cuts: The Trade Union Unison is reportedly concerned over a risk to local services with hundreds of jobs being cut across 10 of Police Scotland’s control rooms, which deal with emergency calls. (The Herald page 1)


Officer attacks: Scottish cops reportedly have a one in three chance of being targeted a year, with 17,120 assaults in the three years. (The Sun page 2)



Scottish Universities: Scottish Universities are under scrutiny for taking a full day’s pay from staff that went on strike for two hours yesterday. (The Herald page 1)


Andrew Denholm comments on page 13 of The Herald on how large pay rises were not enjoyed by all principals of Scottish Universities.