Reform Scotland News: 20 November 2014

Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  20 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.


Nicola Sturgeon: Nicola Sturgeon was elected as Scotland’s first Female First Minister yesterday.  She commented that she would be First Minister for all Scottish people, regardless of their views on independence.  (Scotsman page 1, Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman, Sun page 1, Record page 1, Express page 1, Times page 1, Magnus Linklater in the Times, Herald page 1, Iain MacWhirter in the Herald, Telegraph page 6, Guardian page 15, Mail page 1, John MacLeod in the Mail, P&J page 12, Courier page 1)


Scottish Tories: Ruth Davidson has commented that she wants to offer an “alternative” vision of Scotland that transfers power from the state to families and communities. (Telegraph page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph)


Alex Salmond:  Alex Salmond has dismissed plans that he intends to stand against Danny Alexander for the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey seat at the General Election. (Scotsman page 5)


Jennifer Dempsie in the Courier comments on Alex Salmond’s tenure as First Minister. (page 31)


Ukip: Two Conservative MPs are reportedly considering defecting to Ukip.   The comments come ahead of today’s Rochester & Strood by-election. (Times page 1, Herald page 6, Ft page 2, Telegraph page 4, Peter Oborne in the Telegraph, Guardian page 1, Courier page 14)



Royal Mail: Labour MP Ian Murray has commented that there is a threat to the universal service obligation provided by Royal Mail as a result of privatisation. (Scotsman page 7, Record page 2, Herald page 11, Mail page 1)


Pay rise: According to official statistics Scotland saw a rise of 2.1% in average full-time earnings for the year to April. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 3)


Retail prices: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments on supermarket price wars.


Airguns: The Scottish Police Federation has told MSPs that proposals to license airguns could impact law-abiding users. (Scotsman page 12, Times page 2, Courier page 14)


Donaldson’s School: Police are investigating claims that sexual offenses took place at the national school for deaf children in Linlithgow. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 9)


South Lanarkshire: South Lanarkshire Council is considering increasing primary school class sizes in an attempt to address a budget shortfall. (Herald page 2)


Overseas students: University and business leaders have called for the Scottish Parliament to have more control over immigration to allow international students who come to Scotland to be allowed to work here for two years after they graduate. (Herald page 5