Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 3 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.
Alistair Darling: The former Chancellor of the Exchequer and chairman of the Better Together Campaign announced that he will not seek re-election in the 2015 General Election. Mr Darling, MP for Edinburgh South West, has expressed his “frustration” following Labour’s performance in the aftermath of the No vote in the referendum and has backed Jim Murphy to be the next Scottish Labour leader. (Scotsman page 1&4, Herald page 1, Sun page 1&8, Express page 2, Financial Times 1&3, Telegraph page 1)
Scottish Labour Leadership: Kezia Dugdale has followed Katy Clark in announcing her candidacy for the position of deputy leader of Scottish Labour. Jim Murphy also faces opposition to his bid to be Labour’s Scottish leader after several unions have backed his opponent for the position MSP Neil Findlay. Mr Murphy has also announced his resignation from the shadow cabinet. (Herald page 6, Sunday Times page 1&18, Record page 8, Express 2, Telegraph page 2)
David Torrance comments in The Herald on the challenges facing Jim Murphy as a prospective leader of Scottish Labour.
Lesley Riddoch comments in The Scotsman endorsing Sarah Boyack to be the next leader of Scottish Labour.
Andrew Nicoll comments in The Sun on Jim Murphy’s Scottish leadership bid.
Alex Salmond: First Minister Alex Salmond has claimed that Scottish Labour will pay the price “for a generation” for campaigning “hand in glove” with the Conservatives during the independence referendum. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 1&6, Times page 5)
Devolution: David Cameron has been accused of treating MPs from Scotland as “second class” since the independence referendum. (Herald page 6)
Home Rule: Former First Minister Henry McLeish and former MSP Andrew Wilson will launch a new campaign for Home Rule for Scotland today following the campaign’s submission to the Smith Commission. (Herald page 6)
Further Devolution: It is reported that Labour members of the Smith Commission may be prepared to move towards full devolution of income tax to Holyrood. (Sunday Herald page 7)
Herald Politician of The Year: The Herald newspaper has announced its shortlists across 9 categories with Ruth Davidson, Patrick Harvie and Nicola Sturgeon all shortlisted to be crowned “Politician of The Year”. (Herald page 7)
Europe: A majority of Scottish people support staying in the European Union. A YouGov poll has found that 57% of those asked would support staying in with 36% backing an exit. This follows a warning from German Chancellor Angela Merkel that she would accept Britain’s exit rather than compromise the EU’s rules on free movement and immigration (Scotsman page 5, Times page 1, Sun page 2, Financial Times 2)
Brian Monteith comments in The Scotsman about how Scots might not be as pro-EU as some have claimed.
Income Tax: Over 60 Scottish business leaders have warned that full devolution of income tax is incompatible with a single UK economy. Scottish Labour leadership candidate Jim Murphy has also rejected the concept. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 6, Times page 5, Sunday page 9, Telegraph page 8)
Learning Difficulties: The Glasgow branch of the Educational Institute of Scotland has warned that teachers are struggling to cope with implementing a policy which places more children with learning difficulties in mainstream education. (Herald page 9)
Counselling: NHS Lothian has been urged to invest in counselling services for staff as a result of increased waiting times for services. (Herald page 4)
GPs: Ministers have been accused of failing to appropriately fund GP surgeries following a survey which shows that patients are struggling to get an appointment within a week. (Herald page 9, Sun page 2)
Terrorism: The Scottish Police Federation has called for all responsibility over counter-terrorism to be devolved to Scotland (Scotsman page 12)
Sectarianism: Scotland’s football authorities have been accused of failing to combat sectarianism effectively by anti-sectarianism charity Nil By Mouth. (Herald page 5)