Reform Scotland News: 9th 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



Farage Visit: Ahead of his visit to Edinburgh today, right-wing activists vow to protect the UKIP leader with armoured vehicles, while MSP Willie Rennie has warned left-wing activists against a repeat of last year’s protests. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Telegraph page 1, Times page 7, Express page 2, Sun page 2, Press and Journal page 15)


Ashes Scandal: Director of Services for Communities at Edinburgh City Council Mark Turley has been suspended pending an investigation into the Mortonhall Crematorium scandal. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 5, Telegraph page 8, Times page 14)


Scottish Olympic Team: A report led by Henry McLeish has claimed there are no obvious barriers preventing a Scottish Olympic Team from competing at the Rio Games. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 3)


Independence Referendum: David Cameron has urged Scots to vote No, claiming they are better off in the ‘incredible family’ of the UK and stated he does not believe Scottish Independence will happen. Ed Miliband has also pledged more devolution for Scotland in the event of a No vote. He said the first change would be a new Scotland Act, transferring tax-raising powers to Holyrood. (Scotsman page 7, Record page 4) 


Alison Rowat in the Scotsman comments on the tactics and successes of the Yes Campaign.


Sharing Institutions: The Edinburgh Law Review has published an article arguing that an independent Scotland would not have an automatic right to shared institutions such as the Bank of England, because international law does now allow such bodies to be divided up like ordinary assets. (Scotsman page 7, Times page 10)


Green Campaign: The Green Party have launched their European Election Campaign with anti-UKIP rhetoric pledging to welcome newcomers to Scotland. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 6)


Donations to SNP: A lottery winning couple have defended their decision to donate £1million to both the SNP and YesScotland following claims they were targeted and bullied into giving money. (Telegraph page 8, Herald page 5, Times page 10, Express page 2, Sun page 2, Record page 5)


Women on the Front Line: Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has brought forward to this year a review planned for 2018 on whether women can serve in front-line close-combat fighting roles. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 3, Guardian page 5)


Trident: Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has warned that an independent Scotland could not unilaterally expel nuclear weapons as he rejected the SNP’s plans to remove Trident by 2020. (Herald page 6, Press and Journal page 14)



Cash-in-Hand Economy: Research by the Scottish Building Federation has found that tradesmen who offer discounts to customers paying in cash are costing the taxman £500,000 in lost revenues per day. (Scotsman page 17)


Scottish Enterprise: The Federation of Small Businesses has raised concerns over the revelation that Scottish Enterprises chairman has shares in many of the companies the economic development agency have invested in. (Herald page 1, Record page 2)


Female Entrepreneurs: Women’s Employment Secretary Angela Constance claims that the Scottish economy would receive a £7.6billion boost if the number of female entrepreneurs matched up to their male counterparts. (Herald page 10)



Sacking of Union Leader: The Annual Conference of the Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association will be an opportunity to discuss the shock decision to sack the General Secretary Sheila Mechan just 3 weeks after she took up her post. (Herald page 7)


Teachers and Independence: The Educational Institute of Scotland urged both sides of the independence debate to show their support for education and make clear their respective commitments to the future of Scottish education. (Record page 5)


Liberton Tragedy: The wall which fatally crushed a schoolgirl earlier this year is to be rebuilt in a top-level health and safety facility as part of the investigation into her death. (Times page 14)



‘Clare’s Law’: Alex Salmond has confirmed Scotland will pilot a scheme which allows women to request information from police about a partner’s history of domestic violence. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 4, Telegraph page 10, Times page 4, Express page 7, Sun page 10, Press and Journal page 13)


Courts Reform: The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has criticised the Courts Reform Bill which plans to increase the threshold under which Sheriffs can handle civil cases from £5,000 to £150,000. (Scotsman page 13)



Skin Cancer rates: SNP MSP Fiona Mcleod led a debate at Holyrood yesterday highlighting the rising number of people suffering from skin cancer as a result over over-exposure to the sun and using sunbeds. (Scotsman page 12)


Long-Term Health Care : Health Secretary Alex Neil stated yesterday at Holyrood that there was no intention to charge people for primary healthcare needs following a review into long term care of chronically ill people. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 4)


A+E Performance:

Alex Salmond has pledged to reduce waiting times to a level that the Scottish People deserve after a report by Audit Scotland found several hospitals not meeting targets. (Herald page 6, Times page 10, Express page 17, Sun page 2, Record page 2) 


Lindsay Buckland in the Scotsman comments on the Audit Scotland report into the performance of Accident and Emergency departments.



Local Government

Core Cities Group: A group comprising English cities outside London has urged Scotland to stay in the Union and argued that closer co-operation would be more mutually beneficial. (Telegraph page 8, Herald page 6, Times page 10, Express page 2, Sun page 2)


Aberdeen : Angela Scott has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council (Record page 2, Press and Journal page 1)