Reform Scotland Media Summary 15 December 2014

Reform Scotland
Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  15 December 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.

Politics
Scottish Labour Leadership: Jim Murphy has won the Scottish Labour leadership and promised to build the ‘fairest nation on the planet’. (Sunday Herald page 1, Scotland on Sunday page 1)

The new Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy will today pledge to ‘refound’ Scottish Labour as a force which will put Scotland first, he plans to rewrite Clause 4 which will define Scottish Labour as a ‘patriotic party’. (Herald page 1, Telegraph page 4, Record page 6, Scotsman page 6 , FT page 2, Mail page 4)

Jim Murphy has urged yes voters to work with Scottish Labour in order to tackle social justice. (Scotland on Sunday page 4)

Johann Lamont reportedly snubbed Jim Murphy in the leadership election instead choosing to back his main rivals. (Sunday Herald page 3)

The new Scottish Labour leader faces a left-wing revolt with unions threatening to cut ties with the party if he fails to live up to expectation. (Express page 4, Sunday Times page 4)

Jim Murphy has vowed to put more distance between the Scottish and UK Labour parties and would not seek Ed Miliband’s permission before changing policy in Scotland. (Times page 2, P&J page 13)

Former First Minister Henry McLeish has welcomed the election of Jim Murphy, saying the party needs an ‘action man’ to help it rebuild. (Scotsman page 6)

David Torrance has commented in the Herald that new Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy should take a year to try and flesh out his vision for Labour. (Herald page 13)

Alan Cochrane has commented in the Telegraph that if Scottish Labour fails then the Union could be at risk once more. (Telegraph page 4)

Lesley Riddoch has commented in the Scotsman that Jim Murphy is up against a Yes community and an SNP landslide could signal the end of Mr Murphy’s new career.

Iain Macwhirter has commented in the Sunday Herald saying Jim Murphy now everything he once opposed.

Former Scottish Labour adviser Paul Sinclair has said that Labour in Scotland will be ‘reduced to driftwood’ if it cannot work out what it is for. (Times page 1)

SNP MSP Stewart Maxwell has said Jim Murphy faces an impossible task to save Labour from a general election drubbing. (Sun page 6)

Devolution Message: Ahead of a meeting with Nicola Sturgeon, Prime Minister David Cameron has issued a message saying it is time to use the devolved powers they have rather than debating even more powers. (Herald page 6, Scotsman page 7, Sunday Times page 4, Sunday Herald page 11, Mail page 4, P&J page 12)

Nicola Sturgeon and David Cameron are expected to sign off a deal which will give 16 and 17 year olds the chance to vote in all future Scottish elections.(Times page 8, Express page 4, Record page 2)

Devolution Deal: Alex Salmond will demand powers just short of full Independence as a trade off for the SNP propping up a UK government. (Sun page 2)

Second Referendum: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has signalled her intent to push another referendum if the Conservatives win the next general election. (Sun page 2)

SNP Support: Support for the SNP has surged to record levels and there is now a majority that support Independence, a YouGov poll found that 47% intend to vote SNP at the next election and 52% of people now support independence. (Sunday Herald page 2, P&J page 13)

Brian Monteith has commented in the Scotsman that Scots may vote yes to an EU exit.

Economy
Taxation Body: Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie fears the country’s new tax collecting body has misled parliament. He said evidence given at a Finance Committee meeting is incorrect and contradicts a recent report into the progress of the organisation. (Express page 4, Scotsman page 9 , P&J page 13)

Growth Slowing: A report by Bank of Scotland on jobs has shown that Scotland’s economy is ‘growing but slowing’. (Record page 2, Scotsman page 16)

Oil Companies: The number of oil and gas companies going bust has trebled after accountancy firm Moore Stephens found that 18 businesses had gone bust this year. (Mail page 8)

Education
Education Strategy: A strategy to forge closer links between schools and employers will be published by the Scottish Government. This provision of education was one of the central recommendations of Sir Ian Wood’s Commission for Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce. (Herald page 6 , Scotsman page 16, P&J page 12)

Health
Waiting Times: A new report out today by the Scottish Parliamentary audit committee calls for key waiting time targets to be scrapped questioning whether they could ever be met. (Herald page 1, Record page 5)

NHS Scotland has missed key targets with almost 1,000 patients having to wait over three months for potentially live saving tests. Statistics released by the government’s Information Services Division (ISD) show that patients had to wait almost 92 days. (Times page 16, Express page 9, Record page 5, Sunday Times page 1)

Additional Funding: Scotland’s health boards are being given additional funding to help tackle bed-blocking during the winter months. (Express page 9)

Smoking Ban: Lib Dem MSP Jim Hume will tomorrow publish a bill which would see smoking in cars carrying children made illegal. (Express page 10, Mail page 1)

Justice
Rendition Flights: The SNP have urged a full judicial inquiry into the role of the UK government and UK airports such as Glasgow and Prestwick in the rendition flights of suspected terrorists. (Scotland on Sunday page 9)

Local Government
Tackling Deprivation: Scotland’s most senior local government official George Black, has criticised councils for their role in tackling deprivation. (Herald page 1)