Reform Scotland News: 24 October 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  24 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.



EU Negotiations: The EU is looking for the UK to contribute an extra £1.7bn in funds this year. (Telegraph page 1 , Times page 1, Daily Mail page 2)


EU Referendum: Most Scottish Constituencies back remaining in the UK, while most in England back an exit, according to a report from Durham and East Anglia Universities. (Scotsman page 5 , Press & Journal page 13)


North Sea Oil: A new oil field discovery in the North Sea has been announced. (Scotsman page 1 , Herald Page 28 , Telegraph page 12 , Daily Mail page 5 , Press & Journal page 1)


Conservatives & UKIP: Prime Minster David Cameron has said that Conservative Party policy on immigration is different to UKIP. (Scotsman page 1)


SNP and Socialism: Former SNP Deputy Leader Jim Fairlie has called on the party to move away from socialism and appeal to the middle classes. (Scotsman page 6 , Daily Mail page 8)


More Powers: The Red Paper Collective group, which is supported by some senior Labour Party members, has announced support for fuller tax powers to be devolved to Scotland. (Scotsman page 6 , Times page 9 , Press & Journal page 5)


English Votes: Professor Jim Gallagher has warned that plans to stop Scottish MPs voting on English-only matters could encourage Scottish Independence. (Herald page 6)


Alex Salmond: Outgoing First Minister Alex Salmond has refused to rule out standing as an MP in the upcoming General Election. (Herald page 3 , Daily Mail page 2)


MSPs: Powers being discussed under the Smith Commission could allow voters to remove MSPs from their seat before waiting for an election. (Sun page 2)


English Devolution: Simon Jenkins in the Guardian discusses the possibility of English Devolution.


Nationalism: Joyce McMillan in the Scotsman discusses the use of Nationalism in politics across the UK.


Referendum: John McTernan in the Scotsman says Scottish Labour is missing an opportunity following the No vote.


SNP Membership: Andrew Whitaker in the Scotsman asks if the SNP can capitalise on their recent surge in membership.



EU Regulations – Business: A new report by Britain for Business says the EU has created over 1000 new regulations on business in the last year. (Scotsman page 4)


EU Regulations – Energy: EU Regulations will result in increases to annual household energy bills of £149 within six years, according to a report by Open Europe. (Scotsman page 5)


Tesco: Supermarket Tesco has announced a further deficit in its accounts of £263 million following an independent investigation. (Scotsman page 8 , Daily Mail page 18 , Guardian page 8 , Press & Journal page 32 , Courier page 16)



Revenge Porn: Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland has called for unauthorised publication of sexual images of individuals online to carry a stronger penalty. (Sun page 1, Herald page 12  Scotsman page 16 , Courier page 2)



NHS Funds: Dr Richard Simpson MSP, Scottish Labour’s Health Spokesman, discusses the SNP’s management of NHS Scotland Budget. (Daily Mail page 6)



Rail Contracts: Transport Minister Keith Brown has criticised Labour for failing to call for public sector bidders to be allowed compete for rail contracts in their Smith Commission submission. (Scotsman page 2)


Drink Driving Limit: A new lower drink driving limit will come into effect from December 5th. (Herald page 1)   



Disadvantaged Pupils: Andrew Denholm in the Herald discusses the need for change to help children out of poverty.


Medical Students: There has been a drop of 10 per cent in the number of Scottish Students applying to study medicine at university across the UK. (Times page 20 , Herald page 5 , Daily Mail page 17)