Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 11 November 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 membership: David Cameron told business leaders at a CBI conference yesterday that the UK could not secure reform of the EU by saying it will “stick with whatever we have, come what may”. (Scotsman page 7, Times page 8, Express page 2, FT page 3)
European Arrest Warrant: The UK Government has been criticised for not holding a vote on the European Arrest Warrant, in the House of Commons, separate from other EU justice and home affairs measures. (Scotsman page 6, Mail page 12, Sun page 2, FT page 4, Telegraph page 1)
Scottish Labour: Jim Murphy has commented, if he wins the Scottish Labour leadership contest, the £155,000 levy currently paid to the UK party will stay in Scotland. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 6, Mail page 2, Record page 10, Times page 10)
Smith Commission: Peter Jones in the Scotsman comments that the Smith Commission appears to be lacking from expert external advice on what will, and will, not work.
TV debates: The SNP, Greens and Plaid Cymru have joined forces to demand they are included in TV debates ahead of next year’s general election. (Mail page 6, Times page 26)
Fisheries: Alex Salmond has criticised David Cameron for sending a Conservative peer with “absolutely no experience” to represent Scottish fisherman at European talks. (Record page 2, Express page 2)
Ed Miliband: Rachel Sylvester in the Times comments that the Labour Party doesn’t know what to do with Ed Miliband.
Coal gasification plant: Cluff Natural Resources is proposing to build the UK’s first underground coal gasification plant under the Firth of Forth. (Scotsman page 1, Stuart Hazeldine & Lang Banks in the Scotsman, Herald page 4, Mail page 19, Record page 6, Times page 5, Express page 4)
Minimum wage: Nicola Sturgeon has called for the minimum wage to be devolved. (Herald page 6, Record page 2, Telegraph page 16)
E-cigarettes: Anti-smoking campaigners have accused TV advertisements for e-cigarettes of “sexualising” e-cigarette use. (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 5
Cancer drugs: Perjeta, a life-extending medication, was yesterday turned down by the Scottish Medicines Consortium which ruled that it was too expensive. (Herald page 3, Mail page 4, Express page 1)
Homophobic bullying: According to a report by Stonewall Scotland, almost 90% of secondary teachers say pupils in their schools have suffered from homophobic bullying. (Scotsman page 16)
Ruth Davidson: The Scottish Tory leader has said that she is shaming online cowards who have send her homophobic abuse to demonstrate to young people that such attacks are not acceptable. (Record page 1, Ruth Davidson in the Record)
School libraries: East Renfrewshire Council is reportedly considering using senior pupils in certain duties to help run schools’ on-site libraries. (Herald page 1)
Legal challenge: A legal challenge to the Scottish Government’s plan to give every child a named guardian begins at the Court of Session in Edinburgh today. (Times page 18, Telegraph page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph)