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Reform Scotland Media Summary 5 January 2015

Reform Scotland
Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  05 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
Westminster Election: Jim Murphy targets the 190,000 Scots who backed independence in last year’s referendum, but did not vote SNP at the last general election. (Scotsmanpage 1 & 2, Herald page 1, Daily Record page 2, The Times page 8, Guardian page 10, Daily Mail page 6)

Lesley Riddoch comments in the Scotsman that the newly awakened electorate can transform the general election into something vital and productive

Brian Monteith in the Scotsman suggests the time may be right for a new centre right party in Scotland
 
SNP Target No Voters:  Nicola Sturgeon is asking opponents of Scottish independence to vote SNP in the general election in order to make Scotland’s voice heard in Westminster “like never before”. (Sunday Times page 3, Sunday Herald page 9 & 10, Scotland on Sunday page 8)

Liberal Democrats:  Justice Minister Simon Hughes has suggested the Lib Dems could enter a coalition with the Tories or Labour depending on who wins most seats (Daily Record page 2)

Labour and Tories Trade Blows:  Conservatives suggest vote for them to save Britain’s economic recovery, while Labour suggest only they can save the NHS (Financial Times page 2)

Conservatives claim that a Labour-led government would leave Britain facing a multi-million pound black hole (Sun page 2)

David Cameron has accused Labour of plotting to raise the 20p and 40p rates of income tax to service Britain’s debts if they win in May (Sunday Times page 1)

Davidson Vote Plea:  Ruth Davidson issued a warning that a vote for the SNP would hand power to Labour in the general election and a Labour-SNP pact would run Britain into the ground (Sun page 2, Press & Journal page 13)

SNP-Labour Cooperation:  Kezia Dugdale has been accused of undermining her boss by claiming that Labour would work with the SNP after the general election in May (National page 4)

Jim Murphy:  Jim Murphy has been urged to cut ties with right wing think tank the Henry Jackson Society (Sunday Herald page 11)

The Scottish Party leader told the Abortion Rights Commission and party hustings that control over abortion should not be devolved (Sunday Herald page 12)

Claims that Jim Murphy is wrong to suggest that voting SNP would lead to another Tory government (National page 4 & 5)

EU Referendum: David Cameron suggests that if the Conservatives win the general election there will be an EU referendum by 2017 and doesn’t rule out a UKIP coalition (The Scotsman page 1 & 3, Daily Express page 2, Daily Telegraph page 1, Financial Times page 2, The Times page 1, Guardian page 1, Daily Mail page 8)

Local taxation:  David Torrance in the Herald says that it is past time to reform local taxation

Prince Andrew Allegations:  There is a great deal of coverage surrounding the allegations of sexual impropriety on the part of Prince Andrew (Scotsman page 9, Heraldpage 4, Daily Express page 1,Sunday Times page 1, Sunday Herald page 17, Daily Telegraph page 1, the Times page 1, Guardian page 1 & 4, Daily Mail page 1, Scotland on Sunday page 12)

Ebola Nurse:  Most papers cover Scots Ebola Nurse Pauline Cafferkey as she fights to stay alive (Sunday Times page 1, Scotsman page 6, Herald page 3 Press & Journal page 11, Guardian page 2, Daily Mail page 19, Courier page 13, Scotland on Sunday page 1)

Economy
Housing Costs:  Shelter has found that 25% of householders fear that they will not be able to meet their rent or mortgage payments at some point this year (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 11,Press & Journal page 13)

Education
Free School Meals:  Every early years school child in Scotland will get a free school meal from today at a cost to the Scottish Government of £95m (Scotsman page 14, Daily Express page 2, Sun page 2, Press & Journal page 12, Daily Mail Comment, Courier page 16, Scotland on Sunday page 15)

Class Sizes:  The EIS has accused the SNP of abandoning policies to protect smaller class sizes (Herald page 9)

Health
Health Inequality:  The NHS cannot tackle the health gap between rich and poor itself and only acts as a “sticking plaster” according to a Holyrood Health Committee report released today (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 1 & 3, Daily Mail page 11)

Mental Health:  According to a briefing from the Mental Welfare Commission Scotland, Mental Health services are struggling amid an increase in vulnerable patients being detained in hospital (Herald page 9)

NHS Lothian:  The Scottish Health Secretary is under pressure to explain why NHS Lothian is facing a £70m budget deficit (The Sunday Times page 6 )

Justice
Trial No-Shows:  Sheriffs have issued more than 100,000 arrest warrants since April 2010 to try and crack down on those who fail to appear in the dock (Herald page 11)