Reform Scotland News: 24 September 2014


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Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  24 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.



Ed Miliband: Ed Miliband delivered his keynote speech to the Labour Party Conference yesterday.  He called for the House of Lords to be replaced with a senate of nations and regions; promised to extend the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds; and outlined a £2.5bn increase in NHS spending to be paid for by a tax on tobacco companies and a mansion tax.  (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6, Times page 13, Record page 6, FT page 1, Telegraph page 8, Mary Riddell in the Telegraph, Guardian page 1, Rafael Behr in the Guardian, P&J page 14, Courier page 14)


The Labour leader, who gave his 66-minute speech from memory, reportedly forgot sections addressing the deficit and immigration. (Times page 12, Sun page 2, Express page 2, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 12)


Scottish Labour leader: Many Labour MPs reportedly think Johann Lamont should step aside as Scottish Labour leader to make way for Jim Murphy. (Herald page 6, Record page 7, Express page 4)


SNP leadership: Nicola Sturgeon is expected to launch her bid for the leadership of the SNP today.  The party’s membership has doubled since the referendum. (Herald page 7, P&J page 12, Courier page 16)


John Wilson: SNP MSP John Wilson has resigned from the SNP over the party’s position on Nato and Trident.  In a letter to the First Minister he reportedly commented that he had remained a member for the duration of the referendum campaign so that his resignation did not detract from the independence campaign. (Scotsman page 1, Mail page 5, P&J page 12, Courier page 17)


More powers: Lord Smith of Kelvin commented that Scotland expected consensus over further devolution and that Scottish political parties had to be ready to compromise.  His comments came as Holyrood sat for the first time since the vote. (Herald page 1, Times page 11, Sun page 4, Record page 1, FT page 3, John Kay in the FT, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 4, P&J page 12)


Daniel Finkelstien in the Times argues that David Cameron should avoid linking English devolution to the promise given to Scotland. (Times page 27)


Opinion poll: YouGov’s final poll of how 3,188 people voted in the referendum, showed that of the five age groups, only 25-39-year-olds voted yes.  8% of Tory voters, 27% of Labour voters and 29% of Lib Dem voters voted yes, while more than one in five SNP voters voted no. (Herald page 7)


Royal protocol: David Cameron has broken royal protocol after he was overheard commenting that Her Majesty “purred” down the phone after he informed her that Scotland had voted against independence. (Herald page 7, Times page 1, Sun page 1, Record page 9, Express page 4, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 1, Guardian page 9, P&J page 13)


Constitution:  Allan Massie in the Scotsman comments on the impact of the referendum and what the political parties in Scotland do next.


Labour party: Ian Bell in the Herald comments on how the Scottish Labour party should respond to the referendum campaign.


Council powers: Gordon Matheson in the Herald argues that more powers should also be devolved to local authorities.



Referendum & financial markets: George Kerevan in the Scotsman comments on the impact the referendum had on the financial markets.



New school: Jim McColl has unveiled plans to establish Newlands Junior College in Glasgow to offer career opportunities to pupils aged between 14 and 16 who are not academic.  (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 8, Times page 2)

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