Reform Scotland News: 27 October 2014

Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  27 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 Leadership: Following Johann Lamont’s resignation on Friday, Scottish Labour is expected to choose a new leader in a process involving elected politicians, members and unions expected to culminate on December 13. Shadow Secretary for International Development Jim Murphy, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and current deputy leader Anas Sarwar are all in the frame with Murphy being the bookies favourite at 1/2. Concerns are also arising as a result of Ms Lamont’s claims about the structural problems inside Scottish Labour and how it relates to the UK Labour Party. (Scotsman page 1, 4 &5, Lesley Riddoch comments in The Scotsman, Herald page 1&6, Magnus Linklater comments in The Times, The Times page 1&4, Telegraph page 6, Alan Cochrane comments in The Telegraph, Financial Times page 2, Express page 4&12, Record page 1, 10 &11 and Kezia Dugdale comments in The Daily Record, Sun page 8 &9, Sunday Times page 1 &2)


Nadine Martin comments in The Scotsman about how the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Act 2014 could invigorate the discussion of marriage, but will not change the institution itself.


Faslane and Coulport: The SNP have described a rise in the number of safety blunders at the locations of the UK’s nuclear deterrent on the Clyde as ‘chilling’ (Herald page 11, Express page 15)


David Torrance comments in The Herald on the failings of Scotland’s university funding.



Shelia Webster comments in The Scotsman on how long working hours put women at a disadvantage.


Grangemouth: INEOS, the site managers of the Grangemouth chemical plant, have announced that jobs at the plant are safe for 25 years (Record page 14)



Helicopter: Police Scotland have defended the use of a police helicopter in an incident in Edinburgh on Saturday night as an appropriate response to the “height and potential danger” of the incident.  (Scotsman page 1&7, Herald page 3)


Road Law: The families of two cyclists killed on Scotland’s roads have urged MSPs to back a change in the law which would see motorists having to prove that they were not at fault in road accidents (Herald page 9)


Drink Driving: Road Safety campaigners have called for motorists who break Scotland’s stricter drink driving laws to face softer sentences (Express page 4)


Debt: Police Scotland have branded the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats as ‘bad debtors’ after they refused to pay a nearly £1million bill for policing their party conferences (Record page 2)



Brian Monteith comments in The Scotsman about the need for Britain to leave the EU to save the NHS.


Nursing: The NHS has been attacked for relying too heavily on temporary nursing staff (Herald page 1&10)


Alzheimer’s: Scottish researchers will lead a £1.13billion project to help establish whether or not an eye test can be used to reveal the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease (Herald page 3, The Times page 17)


Whistleblower: The cost of covering for a consultant who claims that she was ‘side-lined’ after raising concerns about a mother and baby unit has exceeded £1million according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act (Times page 4, Sunday Times page 1)


Local Government

Rural Parliament: Communities from rural parts of Scotland are preparing to launch Scotland’s first Rural Parliament in order to provide them with a cohesive and representative voice (Herald page 11)