Reform Scotland Media Summary 16 December 2014


Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  16 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.

Same-sex marriage: New laws legalising same-sex marriage come into force in Scotland today. (Scotsman page 7, Sun page 2, Herald page 4, Times page 1, National page 10, Courier page 15)

Support for gay marriage is at an all time high with two-thirds agreeing couples should be allowed to wed (Herald page 1)

Jim Murphy: Scottish Labour leader has commented that he won’t allow the party to fall into a “trap” set by the SNP, which could see Labour kept out of power. (Scotsman page 10, Peter Jones in the Scotsman, Sun page 14, Times page 7, Tom Gallagher in the National, Telegraph page 9, Iain MacWhirter in the Herald)

The new Labour leader will today completely overhaul his shadow cabinet after pledging that the days of asking London to make decisions are over (Herald page 2, Daily Recordpage 2, Press & Journal page 13, Sun page 14, Express page 2, Mail page 4, Courierpage 21)

Trident: Nicola Sturgeon has commented that scrapping Trident is a red line issue for the SNP in negotiation with Westminster after next year’s general election. (Scotsman page 10, Times page 2, Press & Journal page 13, Express page 2, Kerry Gill in the Express , FTpage 2, Mail page 4, National page 7)

Votes at 16: The Prime Minister has reportedly agreed to allow the voting age for Holyrood elections to be lowered to 16. (Sun page 2, Daily Record page 6, Telegraph page 6, Mail page 4, Courier page 20)

English votes: William Hauge is expected to outline four options for allowing English votes on English legislation at Westminster today. (Sun page 2, Philip Johnston in the Telegraph, Mail page 10)

Salmond Election Bid: Nick Clegg accuses Alex Salmond of “grandiose vanity” rather than being interested in voters’ concerns over his bid to return to Westminster (Heraldpage 1)

TV Debate:  Nicola Sturgeon says that she has not ruled out the possibility that the SNP could take legal action to ensure a place in the party leaders’ debates (Herald page 6)

Private rented sector: Tenants’ rights groups have called on the Scottish Government to introduce new legislation to give tenants greater access to affordable accommodation and more protection against unscrupulous landlords. (National page 1

Ed Miliband: Ed Miliband yesterday announced that the Labour Party would ban new non-EU immigrants from claiming benefits for at least two years. (National page 7, Express page 2, FT page 2)

Referendum:  Severin Carrell, Nicholas Watt and Patrick Wintour in the Guardian look back at the Referendum campaign.

Youth unemployment: The Scottish Government has announced plans to cut youth unemployment by 40 per cent in the next seven years. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 5, Times page 23, National page 8, Express page 10)

CFP: Fisheries ministers from across Europe are meeting in Brussels today to discuss the industry, including how to deal with a ban on discarding unwanted fish. (Scotsman page 16, Press & Journal page 18)

Debt:  Figures from Accountant in Bankruptcy suggest more than 1,000 people are facing legal action every day over personal debts, with Council tax recovery accounting for 80 percent of cases (Herald page 1, Press & Journal page 21)

Jobs:  A £270 million Ministry of Defence deal with BAE to upgrade Royal Navy torpedoes will support a “significant number” of Scottish skilled jobs according to the UK Government (Daily Record page 2, Times page 23)

Energy Prices:  UK Government officials are poised to hold talks with SSE amid claims that north and north-east families are being “diddled” on energy prices (Press & Journal page 2)

Exam appeals:  SQA figures show the number of successful exam appeals by school pupils has plummeted from 32000 in 2013 to 2172 this year after a radical shake up of the system (Herald page 3)

Mental Health Targets:  Figures produced by the Scottish Association for Mental Health showed NHS Grampian had the worst record in Scotland for treating mental health patients on time, and only four boards – Western Isles, Orkney, Tayside and Greater Glasgow and Clyde- achieving the 90% treatment target in 18 weeks due to come into force this month (Press & Journal page 8)

Historical child abuse:  Plans to hold a public inquiry into historical child abuse allegations are expected to be announced this week (Herald page 3, Times page 18, Mail page 1)

Prisoners:  A new inspection report at HMP Shotts finds a lack of meaningful and productive work among a series of failings (Herald page 8, Daily Record page 2)

Local Government
Trams: Labour MSP Iain Gray has accused the SNP of a U-turn in offering more funding for the trams “through the back door”. (Scotsman page 17)