Reform Scotland News: 2 October 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  2 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.



Tax cuts: David Cameron used his conference speech yesterday to pledge that if the Conservatives win the next election they would increase the personal tax allowance to £12,500 and raise the higher rate tax band to £50,000. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 9, Express page 1, Leo McKinstry in the Express, FT page 1, Telegraph page 1, Philip Johnston in the Telegraph , Daily Record page 6 , The Times page 1 , Herald page 6 , The Courier page 22, Peter Oborne in the Telegraph, Guardian page 1, Larry Elliot in the Guardian, Martin Kettle in the Guardian, Seumas Milne in the Guardian, Mail page 1, Max Hastings in the Mail, P&J page 12)


SNP deputy leader: Angela Constance launched her campaign to become SNP deputy leader yesterday, commenting that she believed that the Yes campaign lost because it failed to attract key groups of voters. (Scotsman page 6, Express page 10, Herald page 7 , The Courier page 20, Telegraph page 5, P&J page 11)


Westminster debate: The SNP has criticised plans to allow only 30 minutes for a Westminster debate on more powers for Holyrood on 16 October. (Sun page 8, The Courier page 21)


Party conferences: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments on the policies that have been announced at the Tory and Labour conferences.


Conservative Party conference: Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman comments on the Conservative Party conference.


2015 General Election: Kate Devlin in the Herald, Jenni Russell in the Times and Kieran Andrews in the Courier comment on tactics for the upcoming General Election. Torcuil Crichton in the Daily Record and Tim Montgomerie in the Times comment on the impact of UKIP on Labour and the Conservatives.


Devolution: David Cameron has promised to stop Scottish MPs voting on English issues, should the Conservatives win the next election. (Herald page 1 , Daily Record page 7).


Gordon Brown has said he will present a petition signed by Scots demanding further devolution to a Westminster debate on October 16th. (Daily Record page 7).


Iain McWhirter in the Herald comments on the possibility of a Federal UK.


Catherine MacLeod in the Herald discusses Gordon Brown’s role and further Devolution.


Jennifer Dempsie in the Courier (page 31) discusses the ‘vow’ on further Devolution.


Sturgeon on Conservative welfare policies: Nicola Sturgeon has spoken out against Conservative plans for welfare changes and demanded that changes be delayed until devolution powers have been agreed. (Daily Record page 7)


Referendum Count: A team of 4 enumerators in the Highland Council were removed from their post during the count for reportedly celebrating the announcement of Yes votes. (Herald page 3 , Times page 2, The Courier page 20)



Faslane contract: The Clyde naval base has been awarded a £2.6bn repair and maintenance contract to support the Royal Navy fleet which will reportedly secure 1,500 jobs. (Scotsman page 1, Tim Ripley in the Scotsman, Sun page 2, Express page 16 , Herald page 13 , Daily Record page 2 , Times page 4 , The Courier page 13, Telegraph page 10, Mail page 10, P&J page 14)


Shetland fishing: Shetland has seen a rise in volume and value of fishing sales in the last year. (Herald page 3)



Armed police: Police Scotland has changed its policy with regard to the use of armed police officers.  The policy which allowed some officers to carry guns while on routine patrol is to end and instead armed police officers will only be able to respond to incidents involving firearms or where there is a “threat to life”. (Scotsman page 1 , Sun page 2, Express page 9 , Herald page 1 , Daily Record page 1 , Times page 2 , The Courier page 1, Telegraph page 6, Mail page 1, Graham Grant in the Mail, P&J page 2)


Underage Drink-driving: New figures released show over 700 underage drink drivers caught between 2008 and 2013, with 49 of these under the age of 16. (Herald page 11 , Daily Record page 13, The Courier page 18)



Times Higher World University Rankings: 4 Scottish Universities remain in the Times Top 200, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews, and Aberdeen, however Dundee University has fallen out of the top 200. (Herald page 12 , Times page 18, The Courier page 24)


Disadvantaged pupils: Education Secretary Michael Russell has commended the partnership between Glasgow City Council and Glasgow Caledonian University that has seen pupils from disadvantaged background receive Advanced Higher teaching at a University hub, and noted that other local authorities and universities should follow suit. (Herald page 12)



Glasgow Queen Street Station Redevelopment: Plans for a £104 million upgrade to Glasgow’s Queen Street Train Station have been published. (Herald page 5)


Tax Disc Issues: DVLA website crashed yesterday as many attempted to renew their tax disc online on the first day of a new electronic system. (Herald page 8, Times page 18 , The Courier page 19)


Road Gritting: Councils have reportedly been criticised for beginning road gritting despite no forecast of snow or ice for 30 days. (Daily Record page 16)



NHS Grampian: NHS Grampian’s medical director, Dr Roelf Dijkhuizen, has claimed that the health board has lost out by £1bn in funding over the past 10 years. (P&J page 1)



A&E Doctor Shortage: Scottish Parliament Committee has been told that NHS Scotland is struggling to hire A&E Doctors due to lack of incentives compared to those in England, and other countries. (Herald page 4 , Daily Record page 2, Times page 20)