Reform Scotland News: 31 October 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  31 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: Jim Murphy MP has said he will end a period of Labour loss in Scotland if he becomes Scottish Labour Leader. (Herald page 1 , Daily Express page 2 , Daily Record page 12 , Guardian page 19 , Daily Mail page 1 , Press & Journal page 12)


Anas Sarwar MP has resigned as Scottish Labour’s Deputy Leader. (Scotsman page 1 , Daily Record page 6 , Sun page 2 , Courier page 19)


John McTernan in the Scotsman argues that Jim Murphy is the strongest contender for the position of Scottish Labour Leader.


Alison Rowat in the Herald discusses the difficulty Jim Murphy might face in becoming Scottish Labour leader.


Alan Cochrane in the Daily Telegraph argues Jim Murphy might be the only person able to reverse Labour’s decline in Scotland.


Andrew Nicoll in the Daily Record (page 13) discusses the pros and cons of Jim Murphy as Scottish Labour Leader.


Kerry Gill in the Daily Express (page 12) argues that Jim Murphy is the correct choice for Scottish Labour Leader.


Scottish Polls: Polls by YouGov and Ipsos Mori show strong support for the SNP and a large drop in support for Labour in Scottish voters’ UK Election voting intentions. (Times page 1 , Herald page 1 , Financial Times page 2 , Daily Express page 1 , Daily Record page 6 , Sun page 2 , Telegraph page 1 , Guardian page 19 , Daily Mail page 1 , Press & Journal page 12 , Courier page 18 , Peter Kellner in the Times (page 2) , John Curtice in the Scotsman (page 4))


John McTernan in the Daily Mail (page 6) discusses the challenges facing Labour in Scotland.


More Powers: Former Labour First Minister Lord Jack McConnell has made a submission to the Smith Commission calling for more than 50 percent of Scottish Parliament expenditure to come from Holyrood taxes. (Scotsman page 5 , Daily Record page 7)


A number of organisations are calling for five-yearly reviews of Scottish Government powers as part of their submissions to the Smith Commission. (Herald page 6)


The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland is arguing that further devolution of tax powers to Scotland could lead to increased costs and complexities. (Telegraph page 6 , Press & Journal page 13 , Courier page 18)


Joyce McMillan in the Scotsman discusses problems post-referendum.


Referendum Campaign: Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon have been criticised for their referendum campaign tactics during a House of Lords debate. (Herald page 6)


Scottish Government Cabinet: Scott Macnab in the Scotsman discusses the possibility of a cabinet reshuffle when Nicola Sturgeon becomes First Minister.


Senior Citizens: The sixth Scottish Older People’s Assembly at Holyrood today will hear from over 200 older people, and organisations representing them, that Holyrood must do more to improve their lives. (Scotsman page 21)


UKIP MEP: Scotland’s only UKIP parliamentarian, David Coburn MEP, has described those who support equal marriage as ‘equality Nazis’. (Herald page 1 , Scotsman page 14 , Daily Mail page 9 , Press & Journal page 15 , Courier page 17)


Glasgow City Council Budget: Gerry Braiden in the Herald discusses the difficulties Labour may face with cuts to Glasgow City Council’s budget.



Cydesdale Bank: The Australian owners of Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks are looking to a stock-market sale of the banks and an exit from UK banking. (Scotsman page 1 , Herald page 30 , Daily Mail page 2 , Press & Journal page 32 , Courier page 33)


Renewable Energy: £16.4bn of investment will be seen in Scottish renewable energy projects up until 2025, 20 percent of the £81bn for the UK. (Herald page 7


Tourist Tax: Highland Council plans to introduce a ‘tourist tax’ have been criticised by Visit Scotland and the Scottish Government. (Times page 14)



Class Groupings: Education think tank the Sutton Trust has published a report that says grouping pupils by ability may not help their education. (Scotsman page 1 , Courier page 24)



NHS Budget: First Minister Alex Salmond continues to come under pressure regarding funding of the NHS. (Scotsman page 5 , Herald page 5 , Daily Express page 2 , Telegraph page 2 , Daily Mail page 2 , Press & Journal page 13 , Daily Record page 2 , Theresa Fyffe in the Daily Record)



Youth Crime: A study by Edinburgh University has shown that between 1989 and 2012 the number of men aged 16-20 convicted of crimes dropped by 70 per cent. (Herald page 1)


Police Scotland Funding: The Scottish Police Authority has announced that £6m of funds previously expected from the Proceeds of Crime Act will not be received. (Herald page 5)


Harassment Law: Justice Secretary Kenny McAskil has announced a review into the adequacy of anti-stalking laws. (Herald page 9)


Court Closures: Sheriff Gordon Liddle has criticised the Justice Secretary for court closures, which he says have resulted in overwhelmed courts. (Daily Express page 7)



Airport Tax: Alex Salmond has told MSPs that Scottish control of Air Passenger Duty would help the survival of Prestwick Airport. (Daily Express page 2)