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Reform Scotland Media Summary 17 February 2015

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 17 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

Jim Murphy
: Peter Jones comments in The Scotsman that Jim Murphy has got it wrong over how much Scotland would lose under SNP financial plans to abolish the Barnett formula

Leaders: Collette Douglas Home comments in The Herald that Britain needs leaders that can speak to all members of society, not those who aim to divide the country and benefit from it.

Conservative Party: Rachel Sylvester in The Times comments that the Conservatives have failed to learn the lessons of the past with their new attack ads that have served to reconsolidate themselves as the ‘nasty party’ (Times page 27)

SNP hypocrisy: The former Tory Leader Annabel Goldie has accused the SNP of hypocrisy by refusing to work with the Tories at Westminster, having had a ‘good working relationship’ with the Scottish Conservatives in Holyrood during the years of the SNP’s minority government between 2007 and 2011. (Daily Record page 8, Telegraph page 1)

SNP Labour deal: An SNP-Labour deal is being backed by Labour voters south of the border, according to a new poll released that says six out of ten would support a coalition between the two parties (National page 6)

Miliband and tax: Labour leader Ed Miliband has declared that his party is more interested in tackling tax dodging ‘hedge funds’ rather than ‘hedge trimmers’, in a move to clarify an earlier statement made by Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls that insisted people should demand receipts even for the smallest cash in hand jobs (Scotsman page 13, Times page Press & Journal page 13)

Tory plan for rural Scotland: The Conservatives have said that councils in Scotland should be given the right to block new wind farms in their area, in a new blueprint for the countryside (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6, Press & Journal page 12)

4 Point Tory Lead: The Tories have taken a four point lead in the polls, according to an ICM poll commissioned by the Guardian (Daily Mail page 2, Telegraph page 4)

Older Women in Scotland: Scottish Labour have said that older women in Scotland are overlooked for promotion, subject to harassment and more likely to be unemployed in Scotland, according to the new head of a Labour Commission on older women (Scotsmanpage 4)

Yes for Labour: Scottish Labour’s bosses reportedly prematurely gave away details online of a campaign to woo independent voters, days before it was due to launch (Sun page 2)

Food Poverty: Scots caught stealing food could be referred by police to a foodbank in a new initiative put forth, that aims highlight and tackle Scotland’s growing food poverty, as the number of Scots caught stealing food increases (National page 1&2).

Economy

Tax cuts for oil exploration: Nicola Sturgeon has called for tax cuts in the oil industry as a fiscal stimulus to spark a resurgence in the North Sea to increase exploration work (Herald page 6, Times page 2, Press & Journal page 10)

Grangemouth: Workers at Grangemouth have been assured by their bosses that their jobs are secure for the next 15 years, it has been revealed, in an internal memo sent out to all staff (Scotsman page 1)

Scotland’s Power: Nicola Sturgeon has warned that Scotland’s electricity supplies could be in jeopardy due to high transmission charges, and has reportedly written to the Prime Minister expressing her concerns (Scotsman page 5, The Sun page 2, National page 3)

Cash boost for renewable energy projects: Vince Cable has made £60m available for a raft of community-scale renewable construction projects, starting with a hydro-electric schemed just north of Loch Lomond (Herald page 4)

Health
 Assisted dying bill: Backing a Holyrood bill to legalise assisted suicide would not damage MSPs’ chances of being re-elected campaigners have claimed, following a new poll showing public support for the move (Herald page 7, National page 15)

Football alcohol ban: Health secretary Shona Robertson has called Labour calls for the removal of the ban on the sale of alcohol in footballs grounds to fans on match days, a ‘step backwards’ in the Scottish governments wider efforts to reduce alcohol consumption (Scotsman page 12, The Sun page 2, Daily Express page 2, National page 15, Times page 1, Telegraph page 12, Daily Mail page 8)

Hospital demand soars: Almost 30 patients a day in Scotland are having their operations cancelled due to a surge in demand over winter left hospitals across the country struggling to cope (Herald page 1)

Energy drink use: The head of Public Health in Glasgow has issued a warning about the dangers of children drinking high strength energy drinks, with campaigners calling for restricted sales of the drinks to adults (Herald Page 4)

Local Government

Glasgow City Council:
  Glasgow City Council is set to go head to head with the Scottish government in a bitter battle over a missing £109m that the Council say it is being deprived of as a result of the local government settlement (National page 4)