Reform Scotland News: 27 May 2014

Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  27 May 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


European elections: Coverage and analysis of the European election results.  The Scottish results were officially announced yesterday with the SNP on 28.99% returning 2 MEPs, Labour on 25.92% returning 2 MEPs, Conservatives on 17.22% returning 1 MEP and Ukip on 10.46% returning 1 MEP.  The Greens got 8.06% of the vote while the Lib Dems got 7.09%. (Scotsman page 1John Curtice in the Scotsman, Times page 1, Rachel Sylvester in the Times, John Hutton & Alan Milburn in the Times, Sun page 6, Andrew Nicoll in the Sun, Record page 6, Herald page 1, Magnus Gardham in the Herald,Michael Settle in the Herald, Express page 4, Kerry Gill in the Express, Telegraph page 1Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Robert Ford & Ian Warren in the Telegraph, Paul Goodman in the Telegraph, Guardian page 6, Owen Jones in the Guardian, Mail page 1, Alex Massie in the Mail, P&J page 11, Courier page 1)
Nick Clegg: A number of Lib Dem politicians have reportedly called on Nick Clegg to stand down as party leader following last week’s European elections which saw the party return only 1 MEP across the whole of the UK. (Scotsman 
page 8, Times page 7, Sun page 2, Record page 7, Express page 4, Telegraph page 9, Guardian page 1, Mail page 8, Calum Ross in the P&J, Courier page 17)
: Researchers at the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity have found that one in six households in Scotland is of mixed ethnicity. (Herald 
page 4, Mail page 19, P&J page 14, Courier page 19)
Deutsche Bank:
 A report from Deutsche Bank has suggested that the creation of a new currency in Scotland could lead to panic on the high street as people withdraw their money from Scottish banks because they fear the new currency might initially be worth less than the pound. (Herald 
page 6)
Scottish membership of EU: The Scottish Affairs committee at Westminster has warned that the SNP’s claim to negotiate an independent Scotland’s membership of the EU within 18 months was not credible. (Express page 2, Telegraph page 4, P&J page 14)

Treasury figures: John Swinney has written to the Treasury’s Permanent Secretary Sir Nicholas MacPherson, calling for an “urgent investigation” into figures used by the Treasury on the financial implications of a Yes vote, which Mr Swinney described as “blatantly flawed and false information”. (Scotsman page 7, Sun page 2, Courier page 13)
Oil & Gas figures:  Research by The Times has suggested that Scottish Government figures show that oil and gas production in 203-14 fell both in terms of volume and value. (Times page 1)

Blind children: The number of children registered as blind or partially sighted increased by about 10% between 2006 and 2012 in Scotland. The charity Blind Children UK said the rise was due to improved survival rates for severely premature babies. (Scotsmanpage 15, Herald page 1, Mail page 12, P&J page 18)