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Reform Scotland Media Summary 4 March 2015

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Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 04 March 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
Corporation Tax: Nicola Sturgeon has abandoned the pledge made by her predecessor Alex Salmond to cut corporation tax by three per cent, as well as pledging to focus on tackling inequality. (The Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 6, Daily Express page 2, Daily Record page 9, The Sun page 4, The National page 2, The Daily Telegraph page 8, The Times page 12, P&J page 12, The Courier page 15, Daily Mail page 2)

Benefit Sanctions: Nick Boles, the Skills Minister, has denied that a review of benefits sanctions was under way after appearing to criticise the regime while visiting a charity. (The Scotsman page 4, The Herald page 6, Daily Record page 2)

Turing’s Law: Ed Miliband has said that gay men with convictions under historical indecency legislation will be pardoned under a Labour government. (The Scotsman page 5, The Herald page 4, Daily Mail page 17 )

Tuition fees: Nicola Sturgeon has described Jim Murphy as desperate after the Scottish Labour leader said he would continue to back free university tuition if the party wins in Scotland. (The Scotsman page 6, The Herald page 6, Jenny Hjul comments in The Courier (page 27))

Public Services: A report by Fiscal Affairs Scotland has suggested that years of fiscal austerity are set to hit services in Scotland with many facing the axe. (The Scotsman page 16)

Jim Murphy: Andrew Whitaker comments in The Scotsman comparing the rewriting of the Scottish Labour Constitution to Tony Blair’s “Clause 4 moment”.

Trident:  According to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, three quarters of Labour candidates for the general election oppose the renewal of Trident. (The Herald page 6)

Michael Sheen: Ian Bell  in the Herald compares Michael Sheen’s impassioned defence of the NHS favourably with the approaches of modern politicians, calling on more attention to be given to inequality.

Economy
North Sea Oil: The CBI has called on George Osborne to reverse his “tax grab” on the North Sea. (The Herald page 1)

Energy Bills: Tom Greatrex, Shadow Energy Minister, has said that three quarters of households are paying up to £250 more than they should on energy bills. (Daily Record page 2)

Justice
Adultery: Campaigners have called on MSPs to change divorce legislation to ensure it covers homosexual as well as heterosexual marriages. (The Scotsman page 14)

Early Release: Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has defended plans to end automatic early release to MSPs saying that the new system would lead to less reoffending. (The Herald page 7)

Education
University Principals’ Expenses: The University and College Union has criticised senior university leaders after figures showed they were claiming tens of thousands of pounds in expenses. (The Scotsman page 10, The Herald page 7)

Health
Waiting Times: The first round of weekly figures on waiting times in Scottish A&E departments has shown that government targets are being missed. (The Scotsman page 7, The Herald page 1, Daily Express page 1, Daily Record page 9, The Sun page 4, The Telegraph page 1, The Times page 1, P&J page 13, The Courier page 14)

Mesh Implants: Health Secretary Shona Robison has asked the Chief Medical Officer to write to health boards and ask them to suspend the use of mesh implants. (Daily Recordpage 2)

Cancer Survival: New NHS figures show that record numbers of people are living longer with cancer. (The Sun page 4)

NHS Database: The Scottish Government are expecting a close vote on a motion calling for plans to open up the NHS database to be reviewed, with opposition MSPs claiming it will lead to the introduction of ID cards by the back door. (Daily Mail page 12)