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Reform Scotland Media Summary 27 January 2015

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Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 27 January 2015
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

Jim Murphy: The SNP have accused Jim Murphy of copy cat policies in a bid to attract SNP voters (Sun page 2)

David Cameron: The Prime Minister reportedly plans to cut the benefits cap to £23,000 as the first act of the new Conservative government, should his party be re-elected to power (Daily Telegraph page 1)

General Election: With just 100 days to go, a recent poll by Comres has shown that the outcome of the election is too close to call, with Labour and the Conservatives polling neck and neck (Herald page 1)

Fracking: Westminster was reportedly forced into a U-turn last night on fracking by accepting proposals to put the brakes on the shale gas industry (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 3, National page 8, Daily Telegraph page 1, Financial Times page 3, Guardian page 14)

Trident: Ed Miliband has reportedly been warned not to make Trident a bargaining chip with the SNP, in light of Nicola Sturgeon saying scrapping the nuclear programme would be a condition of a power sharing agreement (Times page 1)

Labour MP’s: A number of Labour MPs have called for Ed Miliband to reject austerity, in light of the outcome of the Greek Election (Times page 2)

Economy

Oil: Peter Jones in the Scotsman comments today that North Sea oil could be at risk from global forces, as fears of declining demand remain

SNP house tax: John Swinney’s Land & Buildings Transaction Tax plan has reportedly backfired as expected revenue fell short of initial predictions, following a significant increase in the number of properties being put on the market in advance of the tax being initiated (Daily Telegraph page 1)

SSE: Energy company SSE has come under fire from the public following their reportedly ‘meagre’ proposals to cut gas bills by 4.1% starting in April. (Scotsman page 11, National page 11, Press & Journal page 17, Daily Mail page 1, Courier page 14)

Welfare: An academic study by the London School of Economics has shown that savings on welfare have been offset by tax cuts, reportedly predicting that poverty will increase in future years (Guardian page 12)

North Sea Reforms: A wrecking bid to scupper North Sea reforms by a number of MPs from the environmental audit committee failed in the commons last night (Press & Journal page 13)

BP Job cuts: BP has cut a further 84,000 jobs worldwide as the price of oil drops, just weeks after cutting 300 jobs in Aberdeen (Guardian page 26)

Education

Tests for poor schools: Nicola Sturgeon has signalled that more tests in primary schools may help solve the education crisis in Scotland (Daily Mail page 21)

Lib Dem plea: The Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has said he wants to rekindle the relationship with students in Scotland that was betrayed by Nick Clegg, comments he reportedly made in a speech yesterday (Daily Record page 4)

Higher Russian: Sir Malcolm Rifkind has backed calls to keep Higher Russian in schools (Herald page 11)

Justice

SNP U-turn on Prison: Scottish Ministers have scrapped plans for a £75m women’s ‘superjail’ in Greenock have been axed, amid mounting protests over the proposals (Scotsman page 1&6, Herald page 7, Times page 5, Daily Express page 2, National page 1&2, Daily Record page 6, Daily Telegraph page 9, Daily Mail page 19, Courier page 16)

Court Strike: Scottish Court and prison workers began a 24 hour strike yesterday over pay (Press and Journal page 19)

Local Government

V&A Dundee: An investigation supported by Dundee Council into the rising costs of the V&A waterside development will be headed by ex Rangers chairman John McClelland, as concerns increase about the rising costs of the development (Courier page 1)

Transport

EU Tolls: The EU has reportedly called for a standardised driving tax across all member states, with the revenue expected to go to Brussels and then redistributed to nation state governments to maintain transport networks (Daily Express page 1&6)