Reform Scotland News: 28 October 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  28 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.



Gordon Brown: Gordon Brown has ruled himself out of contention for the Scottish Labour leadership. (Scotsman page 1, Record page 1, Express page 1, Telegraph page 1)


Leadership candidates: Jim Murphy is expected to declare his intention to run for the Scottish Labour leadership, whilst Anas Sarwar has ruled himself out.  Neil Findlay MSP is also expected to run for the leadership. (Sun page 2, Andrew Nicoll in the Sun, Times page 4, Herald page 1, Iain MacWhirter in the Herald, Bob Holman in the Herald, John McTernan in the Telegraph, Mail page 6, John MacLeod in the Mail, Guardian page 6, P&J page 14)


Scottish Labour: Peter Jones in the Scotsman comments that separate UK and Scottish structures are needed within the Labour Party.


PM’s security: A review is taking place into how a member of the public was able to run straight into David Cameron despite the Prime Minister being surrounded by his security. (Scotsman page 5, Sun page 6, Express page 1, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 8, Mail page 9, Guardian page 1, P&J page 18)


EU bill: David Cameron has told MPs that the UK will “crawl through in exhaustive detail” the £1.7bn bill from the EU. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 6, FT page 2, Janan Ganesh in the FT, Telegraph page 1, Philip Johnston in the Telegraph, Mail page 1, Guardian page 9)


Eric Joyce: Falkirk MP Eric Joyce has reportedly been arrested for the fourth time in three years. (Sun page 1)



Arming the police: A report by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland has commented that the decision to give 275 officers standing authority to carry firearms “is justified by national intelligence and threat levels”, but cautioned Police Scotland against underestimating the community impact of such a policy. (Scotsman page 8, Times page 2, Mail page 12, P&J page 11)



University lecturers: Staff at nine Scottish universities are reportedly set to stage a marking boycott over changes to their pensions. (Scotsman page 13)



HS3: Scottish Transport minister Keith Brown has called for plans for an HS3 rail link to be extended to Scotland. (Herald page 5)



Mental health: Nine out of ten people suffering from mental health problems in Scotland are affected by a culture of discrimination according to the See Me campaign. (Scotsman page 14)


Ambulance services: Almost 1,200 staff represented by the GMB union are considering taking industrial action over proposed reduction in the Scottish Ambulance Services’ budget. (Record page 1)