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Reform Scotland News: 13 October 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

Politics

Ukip:  Scottish Ukip MEP David Coburn has commented that his party will be targeting up to a dozen safe Labour seats at the general election in working-class parts of Scotland.  (Scotsman page 1)

Nigel  Farage has reportedly commented that the party would prop up a future Conservative government if the Tories agreed to a swift and fair vote on EU membership. (Courier page 15, Telegraph page 4,  Boris Johnson in the Telegraph)

SNP support: SNP membership has risen from 25,652 to more than 80,000 since the referendum.  This includes large increases in seats seen as safe Labour areas. (Herald page 1 )

Independence rally: Thousands of people gathered in Glasgow yesterday for a “Hope over Fear” rally organised by the socialist campaign for independence. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, P&J page 13, Courier page 14, Mail page 7, Times page 8, Record page 10)

Labour & Immigration:  Ed Miliband has reportedly commented that Labour will ensure that migrants “earn the right” to the welfare state through changes to benefit rules. (Scotsman page 5, Guardian page 6, Times page 4)

Gordon Brown: Gordon Brown has commented that David Cameron is putting the Union at risk and behaving in an “unstatesman-like” manner by suggesting that Scottish MPs should be blocked from voting on issues affecting only England & Wales. Mr Brown also criticised Tory proposals to devolve all of income tax to Holyrood. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 6, P&J page 12, Mail page 6, Guardian page 11, Times page 1, Record page 10, Telegraph page 1)

Annie Lennox: Annie Lennox has called on Scots to “grow up” and set aside anti-English sentiment following the referendum. (Scotsman page 11)

Party membershipLesley Riddoch in the Scotsman comments on the growth in party membership of the SNP and Greens.

SNPDavid Torrance in the Herald comments on the future direction of the SNP.

Voting age: A study by the think tank dpart has called for the voting age to be lowered to 16 for all elections. (Herald page 6, P&J page 12

EU quotas: Boris Johnson has said that quotas for EU immigrants must be considered. (Telegraph page 1)

Economy

 

Rent:  The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on tenancy reform, including the possibility of rent controls. (Scotsman page 12)

Tax: Brian Monteith in the Scotsman comments on John Swinney’s proposals to replace stamp duty.

Education

 

College staff: Lecturers and support staff from Glasgow Kelvin College and Glasgow Clyde College are reportedly facing redundancy or relocation. (Herald page 1)

Justice


Police retirement:
 Police Scotland reportedly has an £18 million pensions overspend, due to “higher than expected demand” for retirement. (Mail page 1)