Reform Scotland News: 5 November 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  5 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 Labour leadership: Neil Findlay has reportedly gained further union support in his bid for Scottish labour leadership. (Scotsman page 1, P&J page 12)

Jim Murphy, who has gained the most support from MPs, MSPs and MEPs for his leadership bid, has suggested that this could make him a “unifying figure” for Scottish Labour. (Scotsman page 4, Record page 2, Sun page 10 and 11)


Joel Barnett: George Kerevan in the Scotsman debates the future of the Barnett formula and devolution reform.


Alistair Darling: Allan Massie in the Scotsman discusses why Alistair Darling’s decision to leave the Commons is to be regretted.


Holyrood poll: A poll conducted by STV has reportedly revealed Labour’s worst ever ratings performance, with 57% of those polled stating they will back the SNP in the 2016 Holyrood elections. (Express page 2, Mail page 1, Record page 2, Herald page 6, Sun page 2, Courier page 13)


Gordon Wilson: Former SNP leader Gordon Wilson has reportedly claimed that Alex Salmond lost the referendum by being too “passive”. (Record page 2, Telegraph page 8, Alan Cochrane comments in the Telegraph)


EU: Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has said that proposals allowing Scotland, and each of the other home nations, to veto an exit from the EU are “worth considering”. (Herald page 6)


Ian Bell in the Herald comments on EU membership, trade and migration, suggesting that recent arguments put forward “defy logic.”


Holiday pay ruling: The Employment Appeal Tribunal has made a landmark decision, ruling that overtime hours must be included in holiday pay. The decision is reportedly expected to lead to compensation claims by up to 10,000 workers, potentially damaging business for up to 30,000 Scottish firms. (Scotsman page 1, Neil Fraser comments in the Scotsman, Express page 17, Mail page 24, FT page 1, Record page 5, Herald page 9, Times page 13, Sun page 8, Guardian page 4, Courier page 13)


Scottish schools funding: A representative of the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, Eileen Prior, has reportedly told Holyrood’s education committee that Scottish schools are so under-funded they are relying on money from parents to buy materials. (Scotsman page 1, Express page 5, Mail page 2, Telegraph page 1)



Immigration: A report analysing figures from 1995 to 2011 reportedly shows that immigrants from outside Europe cost nearly £120 billion in the UK, with migration from within Europe providing a significant boost to the economy. (Telegraph page 1, Guardian page 1)



Legal aid system criticised: The law Society of Scotland has reportedly claimed in a discussion paper that the Scottish legal aid system is “not fit for purpose.” Alistair Morris, president of the organisation, stated that the system is outdated and that wide reforms are needed. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 5, Times page 11, Courier page 13)


Drink-driving: The Scottish justice committee yesterday approved an order to cut blood alcohol limits from 80mg to 50mg in 100ml of blood, with Police Scotland claiming that an extra 35 drivers per week would face warnings. (Mail page 17, Record page 18, Sun page 2)


Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has disputed the Police Scotland estimates, stating instead that driver behaviour is likely to fall in line with new limits. (Herald page 7, Telegraph page 10, Courier page 15)

Child sex abuse study: A study by the Care Inspectorate, commissioned by the Scottish Government to look into child sex abuse cases in Scotland, reportedly implies that many claims of abuse are being missed by Child Protection Committees. (Herald page 1)


Daniel Finkelstein in the Times comments on the UK child sex abuse inquiry, claiming that the “gargantuan” task is sure to fail in its current form and must be divided into smaller pieces.



GP funding: Scottish health secretary Alex Neil has announced a £40m funding boost to help GPs in rural and deprived areas. The British Medical Association has reportedly welcomed this announcement whilst claiming that more is still needed. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 4, Times page 1, P&J page 14)