Reform Scotland News: 23 September 2014


Reform Scotland

Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  23 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.



More powers: Leader of the House of Commons, William Hague, has confirmed that new powers will be devolved to Holyrood even if plans for “English votes for English issues” are blocked. (Scotsman page 1, Robert Peston in the Times, Telegraph page 1, John Redwood in the Telegraph, Philip Johnston in the Telegraph, FT page 3, Janan Ganesh in the FT, Mail page 4, Guardian page 9, Courier page 15, P&J page 14)
Scottish funding: A Downing Street source has reportedly commented that the Barnett formula will be retained, but the Scottish grant would be reduced as Scotland gained more fiscal powers. (Times page 1)


Party membership: 16,600 new members have joined the SNP and 3,000 have joined the Scottish Greens since the referendum. The increase in the SNP’s membership put it on course to become the UK’s third largest political party. (Scotsman page 5, Peter Jones in the Scotsman, Sun page 8, Record page 9, Times page 15, Herald page 1, Guardian page 12, Courier page 15)


Referendum: Alistair Darling has accused Alex Salmond of having “lost the plot” following the First Minister suggested a “parliamentary route” could be found for Scotland to leave the UK. (Scotsman page 6, Sun page 1, Record page 1, Times page 14, Express page 4, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 7, P&J page 12)


Count: The chief counting officer has refuted claims of vote rigging saying all 32 counts were “properly conducted and scrutinised”. (Scotsman page 4, Express page 1, Herald page 7, Guardian page 13, Courier page 15)


EU: Douglas Alexander has commented at the Labour Party Conference that withdrawal from the EU was the biggest “threat to British national prosperity in a generation”. (Scotsman page 6 , Herald page 6)


Johann Lamont: Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont has denied suggestions that she plans to stand down as leader. (Scotsman page 6, Sun page 6, Mail page 1)


Ed Miliband: Ed Miliband is expected to unveil a six-point plan for Britain at the Labour Party Conference today.  It is reported that this will include a “mansion tax” to fund increased NHS spending. (Sun page 2, David Maddox in the Scotsman, Record page 1, Times page 7, Rachel Sylvester , Telegraph page 4, James Kirkup in the Telegraph, Herald page 6, FT page 1, Mail page 8, Guardian page 1, Polly Toynbee in the Guardian, Courier page 16, P&J page 12)


SNP leadership: Nicola Sturgeon is expected to formally launch her campaign to lead the SNP in the next few days.  Keith Brown MSP and Stewart Hosie MP are reportedly the favourites for the post of deputy leader. (Herald page 7, Mail page 4, John MacLeod in the Mail, P&J page 15)



Retail sector: David Lonsdale in the Herald calls on the Scottish budget next month to look at measures which can keep down the cost of living and doing business in Scotland.



Arming the police: The Scottish Police Authority has called for evidence into the policy of officers carrying handguns while on routine patrol. (Scotsman page 15, Courier page 21)