Reform Scotland News: 28 April 2015

Reform Scotland

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 28 April 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.


Fire Service cuts: The Scottish Fire Service may have to consider cutting £50 million from its frontline services to combat a £50 million gap in funds. (The Scotsman page 1)

Tactical voting in Scotland: A Yougov poll is claiming that one in seven Scots will tactically vote against the SNP. The Scotsman highlights six constituencies were tactical voting may keep the SNP out: East Renfrewshire, Gordon, East Dunbartonshire, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, Edinburgh South, and Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale. (The Scotsman page 4, The Telegraph page 1)
SNP candidate accused of bullying: The Highland Liberal Democrats are claiming that SNP Candidate Ian Blackford for Ross, Skye and Lochaber made an “uninvited intrusion” into Charles Kennedy’s campaign office in Fort William and used “bullying and intimidatory behaviour”. The SNP have denied the claims and stated that Blackford has been “extremely polite” throughout the campaign. (P&J page 11)

Labour warn of a second indy ref: Ed Balls has warned that a large group of SNP MPs in Westminster will use their influence to get a second referendum on Scottish independence. (The Scotsman page 4, Daily Express page 9)

Charles Kennedy attacks nationalism: Former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy has attacked the SNP and Tories for “reopening” the referendum debate. He attacked the Tories for exploiting English nationalism and the SNP for breaking their “once in the lifetime” promise. (The Scotsman page 5, The Heraldpage 7)

SNP at 54%: A TNS poll has put the SNP at 54% which would give them nearly all 59 seats in Scotland. Labour were down by two at 22%. While other polls still have the SNP at over 50%. (The Sun page 8, The National page 2, The Herald page 7, Daily Record page 1, P&J page 13)

Leaked second indy ref video: There has been leaked video of Stewart Hosie saying that if Westminster refuses to give Holyrood devo max, then there would be a push for a second referendum. This has led to further attacks on the SNP claiming they would use their new influence in Westminster to get through a second referendum. (The Times page 9, Daily Record page 13, P&J page 12, C&A page 16)

Ed Balls quizzed on zero-hours muck-up: Ed Balls was quizzed by a journalist on why Labour was announcing their plans to end zero-hour contracts in a building staffed by those on zero-hour contract. Balls replied by outlining Labour’s policy on zero-hour contracts. (The National page 3, The Times page 9, The Herald page 7, Daily Mail page 8, C&A page 16)

Miliband is being bullied: Nicola Sturgeon has said that Miliband is being bullied by the Tories as evidence by his full rejection of any form of deal SNP/Labour deal. (The National page 4, The Herald page 7)

Jim Murphy labelled “merchant of doom”: Jim Murphy has been called the “merchant of doom” following meetings with focus groups across the Central Belt. The title comes after voters expressed their concerns about his negativity. (The Sun page 8)

SNP deal is inevitable says Peter Mandelson: Lord Mandelson has claimed that Miliband will have “little choice” but to make a deal with the SNP. This comes following Miliband’s commitment that Labour will do no form of deal with the SNP. (The Sun page 9, Daily Record page 12)

Mhairi Black defends “gullible” quote: Paisley’s SNP candidate Mhairi Black has defender her comment that No voters were “gullible” following the referendum result. (The Sun page 9, Daily Express page 9)

Jim is still confident: Jim Murphy, in an exclusive interview with the Sun, has said he is still confident that Labour can get a win in Scotland. (The Sun page 10)

SNP gaining from Tory scare tactics: Magnus Linklater, in the Times, has commented that the Tories would do be better to attack the SNP’s record in the government rather than use scare tactics. (The Times page 27)

‘Red Len’ predicts SNP/Labour deal: Unite Boss Len McCluskey has came out and said that Miliband will “work well” with the SNP and that he “expects” Labour to work with the SNP and its allies. (The National page 5, The Times page 10, Daily Mail page 1)

Progressive England and the SNP: Michael Grey, in the National, comments that while the “regressive press” and the Tories have already made their views on the SNP clear. It is time for the more progressive in England to say if they are friend or foe to the idea of a powerful SNP bloc in Westminster. (The National page 8)

David Cameron: David Cameron has said that he has “ten days to save the United Kingdom”. He is now attempting to fire up his campaign saying he is “pumped up” following claims that his campaign for re-election has been ‘lacklustred’(The Times page 1, The Herald page 6, Daily Record page 14, Daily Mail page 6, P&J page 11, C&A page 20)

SNP to back Labour no matter what: Nicola Sturgeon has said that she is prepared to prop up a Labour government even without a formal or informal deal with them. (The Telegraph page 7, Daily Record page 10)

Labour will need to talk:
Nicola Sturgeon has commented that Labour will have to work with her MPs or would have to face the “enormous clout” of SNP MPs otherwise. (Daily Express page 9)

A win and a loss: The SNP are on set to win Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross from Liberal Democrat John Thurso but will fail to win Orkney and Shetland from Alistair Carmichael. (P&J page 14 and 15)


Unions seek to save plant jobs: Unite has called on the Scottish Government to save 325 jobs at a Fife paper firm Tullis Russell Papermakers in Glenrothes. (The National page 6, The Herald page 2, Daily Express page 8, Daily Mail page 2)


Students to take New Highers exams: More than 13,000 students across Scotland will begin taking exams for the New Highers from today. (The Sun page 2, The National page 12, The Herald page 5)

Councils worried over new education appointment: Councils have raised concerns over the need for a Chief Education Officer with the responsibility for closing the attainment gap. Councils do not feel the need for this post and claim to already have staff dealing with the attainment gap. (The Herald page 3)

Public Services

£120 Million “golden goodbye”: More than £120 million has been given as severance deals in the public sector. Around 7,000 public sector staff in the last three years have been let go. (The Scotsman page 12)

Sign Language for public bodies: MSPs have backed new laws that would require all public bodies to promote British Sign Language. (The National page 11)


Protests on asylum detention: Protesters are to protest outside Scotland’s detention centres next month calling for the end of indefinite periods of detention for asylum seekers. (The National page 10)

Gay-marriage and the Kirk: The Kirk has warned that many of its ministers may face legal challenges for refusing to wed gay couples under the European Convention of Human Rights. (The Herald page 1, Daily Express page 8, Daily Mail page 14) 

Local Government

Councils fight back over centralisation: All four local government bodies in the UK have demanded that all national governments end their over bearing centralisation. (The Scotsman page 14, The National page 12, C&A page 18)