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Reform Scotland Media Summary 10 February 2015

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 10 February 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
Expenses: Jim Murphy has been criticised for claiming £1.30 on expenses for Irn-Bru. (Scotsman page 5, Sun page 2, National page 3, Record page 6, Telegraph page 2, Mail page 8, P&J page 13)

Not voting: A poll by TNS Scotland has suggested that 64% of Scots say they are certain to vote at the general election, roughly the same level as the last general election, but considerably lower than the 85% turnout at the independence referendum. (Herald page 1, Mail page 8, P&J page 13)

General election: Margaret Curran in the Herald argues that Scots should vote Labour at the general election to help get rid of the Tory government and replace it with a Labour one.

Wind farms: Critics have accused the Scottish Government of an “iniquitous” attitude to the planning system and steamrolling its own advisors in a bit to meet renewable energy targets. (Times page 1)

Welfare powers: Martin Sime, the chief executive of the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, has commented that the failure of the Smith Commission to recommend all welfare powers be devolved will lead to a “nightmare” for confused claimants. (National page 1)

Land reform: Scottish businessman Alastair Salvesen has criticised the Scottish Government’s land reform proposals, claiming that they undermine investment. (FT page 4)

Economy
HSBC: The Labour Party is questioning why there has just been one UK prosecution as a result of an investigation indicating that HSBC helped wealthy clients to evade UK taxes.  The Party is also calling on for a statement from ex-HSBC boss Stephen Green, who was made a trade minister in 2010. (Scotsman page 1, Peter Jones in the Scotsman, Herald page 2, Sun page 4, Times page 4, Record page 2, FT page 1, Mail page 1, Guardianpage 1, Polly Toynbee in the Guardian)

Pay rise: In a speech to the British Chamber of Commerce, David Cameron is today expected to call on businesses to “give Britain a pay rise”. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 1, Sun page 2, Times page 2, Telegraph page 1)

Transport
Glasgow Crossrail: Jim Murphy has reportedly pledged to use Holyrood’s new borrowing powers to pay for the unification of Scotland’s rail network, in Glasgow, if he becomes First Minister in 2016. (Herald page 6, Times page 9, Express page 2, Mail page 12)

Justice
Stop and search: The Scottish Police Federation has warned of “alarming” political interference over the use of stop and search powers. (Herald page 1, Times page 23, National page 12, Telegraph page 6, Mail page 10, Courier page 15, P&J page 2)

New prison: It is reported that a new £75m replacement prison for HMP Greenock will be built on the land set aside for the now abandoned new women’s prison. (National page 10)

Education
Classroom money: The First Minister has unveiled a £100 million fun to drive up classroom standards in the poorest areas of Scotland.  The fund is reported to be inspired by the “London Challenge” initiative. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6, Times page 9, Magnus Linklater in the Times, National page 4, Record page 8, Express page 14, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 12, Alex Massie in the Mail, Courier page 1)