Reform Scotland News: 9 July 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



Political donations: The Better Together campaign has received £4.1million in donations above the £7,500 threshold in the past 6months according to the Electoral Commission.  The Yes Campaign received £1.16m in donations over the threshold in the same period. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 2, Record page 8, Times page 2, Herald page 1, Express page 2, FT page 1, Telegraph page 9, Courier page 18,P&J page 13)


More powers: Informal discussions between the three main unionist parties over new powers for the Scottish Parliament have reportedly begun at Westminster. (Scotsman page 5)


Child abuse: The Home Office’s permanent secretary, Mark Sedwill, has told the Home Affairs Select Committee that 114 important files from the 1980s about allegations of child abuse by leading establishment figures have probably been destroyed.  (Scotsman page 8, Sun page 2, Record page 2, Herald page 6, Express page 10, Telegraph page 8, Mail page 12,Guardian page 4, Simon Jenkins in the Guardian, Courier page 17, P&J page 19)


Sexism: In a speech last night Harriet Harman suggested that Gordon Brown had sidelined her by not making her deputy prime minister when she won the Labour deputy leadership contest in 2007 because of her gender.  (Scotsman page 18, Record page 2, Times page 12, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 2, Guardian page 1, Courier page 16, P&J page 19)


Devolution for England: The House of Commons Local Government Committee has called for England to gain more local tax-raising powers. (Herald page 6)


Intimidation: Tony Rush, former chairman of Barr Ltd, has claimed that senior SNP figures had warned off opponents of independence in a threatening manner. (Express page 2, Tom Fullerton in the Express, Anthony Rush in the Mail, Mail page 9)


Ship building: Representatives from four of the five big military contractors have told MPs that they expect that the UK government would pull out of shipbuilding in Scotland in the event of independence. (FT page 3, Telegraph page 2)


EU powers: The President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said yesterday that the UK would be able to return powers from Brussels before a referendum on membership. (Telegraph page 1)


Common Weal: George Kerevan in the Scotsman comments on the Common Weal movement.


No vote: Adam Tomkins in the Scotsman outlines what he thinks could happen in the event of a no vote.


Scaremongering: Ian Bell in the Herald comments on Alistair Darling suggesting that a vote for independence could have worse consequences for Scotland than the 2008 crisis.



Tax avoidance: 1,600 people, including some celebrities, have reportedly tried to shelter £1.2bn through one of the UK’s most aggressive tax avoidance schemes, the Liberty tax strategy. (Times page 1)



Mental health services: A review of mental health services at NHS Tayside has raised issues about staffing levels at Caresview Hospital in Dundee. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 11)


Stroke victims: The Scottish Stroke Care Audit report has suggested that Scottish hospitals are failing to hit key standards of care for patients admitted to after suffering a stroke. (Scotsman page 16, Herald page 1)


Independence: Philippa Whitford in the Herald outlines why she believes a yes vote is the best way to protect the NHS in Scotland.