Reform Scotland News: 20 October 2014

Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  20 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.



Scottish Labour: Jim Murphy has said that he will not run to be the next leader of Scottish Labour and has urged his party to “come together and work hard” in support of Johann Lamont. Margaret Curran has called for the Labour Party to return to their socialist values and move away from Blair-era politics (Scotsman page 1&7, Record page 9, Express page 2, Sun page 2, Time page 1, Telegraph page 1&4 and Alan Cochrane comments in The Telegraph and Brian Monteith comments in The Scotsman)


Lord Freud: Labour politicians will force a House of Commons vote on Lord Freud’s future following the controversy around his claims that disabled workers are “not worth” being paid the minimum wage (Scotsman page 10, Record page 2, Telegraph page 4)


Civil Service Pay: As of next year all civil servants, male and female, will be offered equal parental pay. The announcement will be made by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg later this week (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 1, Telegraph page 2)


Further devolution: Scottish Labour are facing mounting pressure from within to push for a more extensive package of devolution for the Scottish Parliament. The calls come from a group within the party called “Labour for Scotland” ahead of the beginning of the Smith Commission talks. Lesley Riddoch comments in The Scotsman about the need for clarity in the debate around devo-max and Ewan Mowat comments in The Scotsman on the future of devolution in Scotland and Magnus Gardham comments in The Herald (Herald page 6)


Europe: The President of the European Commission will today warn the Prime Minister that he could make a “historic mistake” and alienate Eastern Europeans in his attempts to renegotiate the UK’s relationship with the EU. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 3, Sun page 2, Times page 2, Financial Times page 2, Express page 2, Telegraph page 1)


Franchise: The Free Church of Scotland has called for the voting age to be permanently brought down to 16. It has also called for the Scottish Parliament to be given powers over immigration. (Herald page 6)


Scottish Greens: Patrick Harvie, the leader of the Scottish Greens, has played down the possibility of his party contesting the 2015 General Election as part of a joint “Yes” election bid (Herald page 6, Times page 9)


Constitution: William Hague has been urged by a group including academics to set up a convention with “real powers to decide the future shape of the UK” (Herald page 6, Times page 9)


Referendum: Top Scottish academic Professor John Curtice has called for a national referendum on more powers for Scotland (Sunday Times page 7)


SNP: David Torrance comments in The Herald on the future of Alex Salmond and Gillian Bowditch comments in The Sunday Times on the future of Scotland under Nicola Sturgeon as Scotland’s first female First Minister.



Carrier Bags: As of today all shoppers in Scotland will be charged a minimum of 5p for a single-use carrier bag. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 10, Record page 18, Times page 11, Express page 7)


Pensions: The average Scottish pension will only allow people to live “comfortably” for five years after they retire according to research conducted by financial services firm True Potential (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 1, Times page 4, Express page 1)


Recession: Alan Milburn MP has claimed that young people are losing out when it comes to economic recovery (Herald page 4)


Prestwick Airport: The Scottish Government has pledged an additional £10million to help the loss-making airport (Express page 9)



Travel Costs: Elderly cancer patients living in Kintyre are being asked to pay as much as £80 to travel to and from hospital. The charges have caused outcry. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 4, Record page 6)



Dangerous Driving: Chief Constable Sir Stephen House has announced a crackdown on dangerous driving with a focus on roadside re-education (Herald page 1)


Internet Trolls: Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced that people who are abusive online could face up to two years in jail (Scotsman page 17, Herald page 2,Times page 17)