Reform Scotland News: 10 November 2014

Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  10 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.


Scottish Home Rule: The all-party and no-party campaign group the Campaign for Scottish Home Rule has called, as a minimum, for devolution of £6bn in welfare powers to the Scottish Government under a review of Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act. (P&J page 12, Sunday Herald page 17)


Labour: Senior party figures are reportedly rallying around Ed Miliband amid rumours of a plot to oust him as Labour leader. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Record page 12, Sun page 2, FT page 3, Telegraph pages 1&4, Times page 1, Express page 7, P&J page 13)


A YouGov poll has shown that support for Ed Miliband among Labour voters is at its lowest yet, with 42% of those who voted Labour at the last election saying he is not fit to be Prime Minister. (Sunday Times page 1, Mail page 12)


Brian Monteith in the Scotsman comments on the future for Ed Miliband, Jim Murphy and the Labour party.


Scottish Labour leadership: Neil Findlay, one of the main candidates for Scottish Labour leader, has reportedly claimed that Nicola Sturgeon’s main priority is ‘destroying the Labour Party’ rather than independence for Scotland. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 8)


GMB union, of which leadership candidate Jim Murphy is a member, has declared its support for rival candidate Neil Findlay. (Sunday Times page 4, P&J page 13)


SNP: Nicola Sturgeon has revealed that she will make a direct appeal to Labour voters in her first conference speech as SNP leader, calling on them to desert their party and join Nationalists in their bid to deliver social justice. (Times page 9, Mail page 8, Sunday Herald page 8)


Lesley Riddoch in the Scotsman comments on the SNP’s promise of social justice, and the need to deliver real evidence of change.


Richard Lochhead: Scottish fisheries minister Richard Lochhead has not been nominated to attend a meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council to be held in Brussels today, and will reportedly be faced with a ‘lockout’ if he attempts to attend. In response, Alex Salmond has accused David Cameron of betraying his referendum promise of an equal role for Scotland in the UK. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 8, Sunday Herald page 6)


Welfare: A government report authored by Napier and Stirling universities has claimed that the overhaul of the UK welfare system, which included a controversial shift to Universal Credit, is failing to “make work pay”. Nicola Sturgeon has criticised the system, saying that it is not working for Scots. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 8)


EU: Conservative minister Matt Hancock has stated that Britain must be prepared to leave the EU in order to strengthen David Cameron’s renegotiation bid. (Telegraph page 8)


David Torrance in the Herald comments on David Cameron’s changing attitude towards EU membership.


Arrest warrant vote: MPs will today vote to opt in to the European arrest warrant, with a large number of MPs expected to rebel. (Times page 20, Express page 17)


Melanie Philips in the Times comments on the effects of Britain joining the European arrest warrant. (Times page 28)


General election: George Parker in the Financial Times comments on the “malaise” affecting Westminster ahead of the general election. (FT page 13)



Austerity cuts: According to Financial Times analysis, Chancellor George Osborne will be forced to make deeper cuts in 2015 in order to meet austerity targets, with annual savings required reaching nearly £48bn. (FT page 1)


Teacher numbers: Scottish Council chiefs have reportedly given the clearest indication yet that teacher numbers will fall in the future as a result of funding cuts. (Scotsman page 1)



Police recruitment: Senior Police Scotland officials are to travel to Poland in an attempt to recruit new officers in an attempt to tackle rising rates of crime involving foreign nationals. (Herald page 1)


Child abuse enquiry: Scottish ministers are reportedly planning a public inquiry into historic child sex abuse in Scotland, after coming under pressure for being the only part of the UK without a review in place. (Express page 20, Scotland on Sunday page 1)