Reform Scotland News: 30 September 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  30 September 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.



Austerity: George Osborne yesterday spoke to the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.  He commented that borrowing was still “dangerously high” and as a result all benefits except pensions, maternity and disability help would be frozen for two years while a benefit cap of £23,000 per year would be introduced. (Scotsman page 1, Times page 1, Sun page 8, Express page 1, Record page 1, Herald page 1, Iain MacWhirter in the Herald, FT page 2, Telegraph page 4, Mary Riddell in the Telegraph, Guardian page 1,P&J page 13, Courier page 21)


Scottish Conservatives: The Prime Minister yesterday told the Scottish Conservatives’ reception at the UK conference that the ‘no’ vote represented a “huge political opportunity” for the party in Scotland.  Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson is expected to address the conference today. (Scotsman page 5, Sun page 1, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 8, Courier page 20)


Smith Commission: The Labour representatives on the Smith Commission will be Iain Gray MSP and Gregg McClymont MP. (Scotsman page 6, Record page 6, Herald page 7, P&J page 14)


Labour peer Lord Glasman has commented that Gordon Brown’s promise of “a modern form of Scottish home rule” was incompatible with being part of the UK. (Telegraph page 4)


Red Box power list: The Red Box power list, compiled by an anonymous panel of MPs, pundits and journalists, has placed Nigel Farage at the top, pushing David Cameron into second place. (Times page 8 )


Deputy SNP leader: Humza Yousaf has backed Keith Brown to become the new deputyleader of the SNP. (Herald page 7, P&J page 14)


Political messages: Rachel Sylvester in the Times comments that both the Labour and Conservative parties are pandering to their core vote. (Page 25)


Postal votes: The Electoral Commission is reportedly considering a change in the code of conduct for political campaigners to stop them handling any completed postal votes. (Herald page 2)


Yes goals: According to Yes Scotland internal documents, the organisation reportedly had a target of winning 65% in the referendum, raising £24m and winning the backing of five national newspapers. (Herald page 7)


MPs’ expenses:  The Independent Parliamentary Standards Watchdog has reportedly suggested that MPs facing investigation into their expenses should have their names withheld to save them from “reputational damage”.  (Mail page 1)



Ferguson shipyard: Ferguson Marine Engineering, that was rescued from closure last month, has won a £12 million contract to build a new hybrid CalMac ferry. (Times page 2, Sun page 10, Express page 14, Record page 2, Herald page 7, Mail page 30)


Tax avoidance: George Osborne has commented that technology firms “that go to extraordinary lengths” to cut their tax bills, will face new anti-avoidance rules. (FT page 1)



Compensation: Aidan O’Neil QC has reportedly warned the Scottish Government it could face multi-million pound lawsuits over the removal of automatic compensation for injured workers. (Scotsman page 16)


Local government

Poll tax: Council officials are reportedly checking through the electoral register to see if anyone who signed up for the first time, in order to vote in the referendum, has poll tax arrears. (Express page 1, Herald page 1, Mail page 4)




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