Reform Scotland News: 26 September 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  26 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.



Devolved powers: Alex Salmond has claimed that Scots want Scotland to be transformed into a ‘powerhouse parliament’ when new powers are delivered. It is also reported that Reform Scotland is to launch a home rule campaign to influence efforts to devolve further powers to Holyrood. Meanwhile, David Cameron has said he will put ‘English votes for English laws’ at the heart of the election campaign.(Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6, Times page 4, Express page 2)


Joyce McMillan in The Scotsman comments on plans for constitutional change following the referendum.


Alison Rowat in The Herald comments on David Cameron’s response to the constitutional question.


UK General Election: The SNP have demanded a place in the leaders’ debates at next year’s General Election. (Herald page 1)


Devolution Commission:  Finance Secretary John Swinney will be one of the SNP’s representatives on the cross-party commission chaired by Lord Smith of Kelvin to agree further powers for the Scottish Parliament.  Tavish Scott and Michael Moore will be the Lib Dem representatives and Annabel Goldie and Adam Tomkins will represent the Conservatives. Lord Smith has also said he will listen to other parties, civic bodies and members of the public as he seeks a broad consensus on the way forward. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 6, Sun page 2)


IS air strikes: David Cameron has insisted that air strikes against Islamic State (IS) in Iraq would be legal as Downing Street has published the legal case for military action. The Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, has warned that the UK should be prepared for military involvement in Iraq for years to come. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 2, Guardian page 1, Mail page 1, Times page 1, FT page 2, Express page 5)


SNP Deputy Leader: Keith Brown MSP and Stewart Hosie MP have announced they will run for the SNP Deputy leadership. Mr Brown claims he has the support of more than half the party’s MSPs, while Mr Hosie has said his party needs to reach out to No voters. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 6, Times page 11, Telegraph page 11, Sun page 2, Record page 7, Express page 2, P&J page 11, Mail page 5)


Referendum vote: Police are assessing allegations that agents for the No campaign breached election law by ‘taking tallies’ of postal ballots in the weeks before the referendum poll. (Scotsman page 6, Times page 11, Mail page 4)


Social Housing boss: The Chief Executive of the parent company of Glasgow Housing Association has reportedly received a 10% pay boost and his salary is above that of Alex Salmond. (Herald page 4)


Labour conference: John McTernan in The Scotsman assesses this week’s Labour Party conference.



Fracking: Scottish Energy Secretary Fergus Ewing has criticised Westminster’s decision to remove the right of people to object to fracking companies drilling below their homes. (Herald page 2)


Green power: Almost half of Scotland’s energy consumption now comes from renewable sources. (Herald page 10)



Armed police:  Scotland’s top policeman, Sir Stephen House, is to face opposition from council leaders over the controversial policy of officers carrying guns while on routine patrol. (Herald page 1)



School catchments: Glasgow City council is to look at education provision in another part of the city after announcing proposals to redraw catchment areas. (Herald page 5)

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