Reform Scotland News: 30 October 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  30 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: East Renfrewshire MP Jim Murphy will announce today that he will run for the leadership of the Scottish Labour Party. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 2, Daily Record page 1, Daily Telegraph page 2, Herald page 1, Express page 4, Times page 4, Daily Mail page 1)


Lothians MSP Neil Findlay announced yesterday he will put his name forward to replace Johann Lamont. (Daily Record page 9, Daily Telegraph page 2, Daily Mail page 5)


Ed Miliband has broken his silence regarding Scottish Labour crisis by denying accusations that he treats the party as a ‘branch office’. (Daily Record page 10,


The resignation of Johann Lamont has reportedly revealed deep splits between Holyrood and Westminster members. (FT page 2)


EU Membership: David Cameron has rejected the possibility of Scotland blocking the UK withdrawing from the EU under the EU referendum. (Scotsman page 5, Daily Record page 2, Daily Telegraph page 1, FT page 3, Herald page 6, Express page 2, Times page 6, Daily Mail page 4, P&J page 11)


Proposed EU Vote: Bill Jamieson comments in the Scotsman that an EU membership vote would be a farce after increasing questions of ‘who really won the Scottish referendum’.


Nicola Sturgeon: Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday launched her Scotland wide tour, urging Nationalists to help unite the nation and work towards ‘One Scotland’. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 4, Herald page 6, Daily Mail page 4, P&J page 11)


Powers Debate: Iain Macwhirter has commented in the Herald that Federalism is the only way that could solve the Scottish constitutional debate.


The Vow: Lord Forsyth has reportedly insisted that the three UK party leaders panicked when making devolution offer to Scotland. (Telegraph page 4)


Teaching Union: The Educational Institute of Scotland has called  for social justice to be at the centre of devolving new powers to Holyrood. The teaching union wants Scotland to have power over employment, equal opportunities and industrial relations law. (Herald page 6)


Council Cuts: Glasgow City Council is facing cuts and savings in the excess of £100 million, with union Unison warning that 60 per cent of cuts are still to come across the public sector. (Herald page 3)



Jobless Households: A study by the Office for National Statistics has shown that the number of jobless households in Scotland has fallen to a record low. (Sun page 6, Daily Record page 2, Herald page 2, Express page 17)


Tourism Employment: The latest Business Register and Employment Survey has shown that employment in the tourism sector in Scotland has increased by a sixth in the space of a year. (Herald page 9)



Educational Failings: The Conservatives have warned that the gap between rich and poor may be keeping a generation of Scottish youths from gaining places at university. (Sun page 2, Telegraph page 12, Herald page 6, Express page 4, P&J page 12)



NHS Waiting Times: A report by Audit Scotland has suggested that longer waiting times may be on the horizon within the NHS in Scotland. Health costs are rising due to an ageing population, according to the study, causing major financial implications. (Scotsman page 1, Daily Record page 14, Herald page 1, Express page 10, Times page 1, Daily Mail page 2, P&J page 2)



Domestic Violence: Police Scotland have released figures showing that cases of domestic rape have almost doubled in comparison with last year’s figures. (Herald page 4, Express page 7)