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Reform Scotland Media Summary 6 January 2015

Reform Scotland 
Daily Political Newspaper Summary:  6 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

Votes for 16 and 17-year-olds: Alistair Carmichael has commented that Holyrood could have the power within months to give votes to 16 and 17-year-olds. (Scotsman page 5, Sun page 2, Press and Journal page 12, The Times page 7, The Herald page 6, National page 6, Express page 2)

Labour’s spending plans: The Tories have published a report claiming that the Labour Party was going into the election with £20.7billion of unfunded spending.  However, Labour has commented that the report contains spending commitments it has not made. (Scotsman page 4, Sun page 2, Press and Journal page 11, The Herald page 1, The Times page 6, FT page 3)

Voter apathy: David Maddox in the Scotsman comments on voter apathy ahead of the general election.

Debate: Michael Gray in the National comments on the tone of the debate for the general election (page 7)

Nick Clegg: Nick Clegg has reportedly described Alex Salmond’s Westminster bid as ‘breathtaking’, and has pledged to visit the North East and defend the Liberal Democrat Gordon seat (Press and Journal page 11, The Herald page 7, The Courier page 15, The Scottish Daily Mail page 10)

Trident: Ed Miliband has reportedly vowed to cut the cost of Trident if Labour win the next general election (The Scottish Daily Mail page 2)

SNP: Former footballer Michael Stewart explains in the Sun why he wants to stand for the SNP at the general election. (page 8)

“Anti-nat” vote: Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph comments that Labour should not neglect the “anti-nat” vote in the general election.

Election Campaign:  The National examines key general election battle grounds. (National page 4)

Economy

Economic policy: Peter Jones in the Scotsman comments on the economic policies being promoted by Jim Murphy and Nicola Sturgeon.

Oil crisis talks: Labour leader Jim Murphy visits Aberdeen today to partake in crisis talks with industry body Oil and Gas UK, trade union representatives and Aberdeen City council amidst concern over falling oil prices (Press and Journal page 10)

Public Sector Pay: Labour warns that plans to stick to coalition spending pledges may hit public sector workers hardest (The Guardian page 1)

Education

Free School Meals: School meals: Labour MSP Iain Gray has criticised the SNPs policy of introducing free school meals for all pupils in the first three years of primary, arguing that it only benefits wealthy households. (Telegraph page 4, The Herald page 7, The Daily Record page 10, The Courier page 10)

Health

Labour pledge: Jim Murphy has announced plans to recruit 1,000 additional nurses in Scotland, paid for by a UK-wide mansion tax. (Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 6, Sun page 2, The Times page 1, The Courier page 14, The Scottish Daily Mail page 10, Express page 2, Telegraph page 1)

Cancer sufferers: According to Macmillan Cancer Support 220,000 people living in Scotland have been diagnosed with cancer. (Scotsman page 6, Herald, The Daily Recordpage 2, Press and Journal page 18, The Scottish Daily Mail page 19, National page 14, Telegraph page 2)

Stress:
16,500 doctors and nurses have been signed off with stress within the past two years. (Scotsman page 11)

Ambulance errors: Since 2009/10 more than 2,800 ambulances have reportedly been dispatched to the wrong address. (Scotsman page 14)