Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 12 May 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.
Independence referendum: Nicola Sturgeon has told David Cameron that he has no right to rule out a second independence after the Prime Minister said that “There isn’t going to be another referendum”. (The Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 7, Daily Telegraph page 4, Daily Record page 2, The National page 2, Daily Mail page 8, C&A page 15)
Murphy fighting to stay on: Senior officials at Unison have called on Scottish Labour Party leader Jim Murphy to resign as leader. Unison will now be considering if it should consider following Unite and ASLEF to official call for Murphy’s resignation. Scottish Labour MSPs also met yesterday to discuss the future of the party. (The Herald page 1, The National page 4, The Times page 14, Daily Mail page 10)
SNP plan to block ‘Snoopers’ charter’: The SNP has announced that it will seek to block the Tory’s ‘Snoopers’ Charter’ by allying themselves with libertarian Tory MPs who are opposed the charter. (Daily Telegraph page 4)
New Secretary of State for Scotland: The sole Tory MP in Scotland, David Mundell, has become the new Secretary of State for Scotland. He replaces Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael. (Daily Express page 6, The Sun page 2, The National page 5, Daily Mail page 7, P&J page 13)
Fully independent Labour: Neil Findlay has argued that the Scottish Labour Party should be fully independent from UK Labour which would allow Scottish Labour to have their own policies over issues such as Trident. (The Scotsman page 4)
On-message SNP: Alan Cochrane has commented in the Telegraph that the SNP will be a disciplined on-message party machine. (Page 4).
Farage’s resignation rejected: Ukip’s National Executive has rejected Nigel Farage’s resignation following his defeat in South Thanet. The National Executive said they “unanimously” rejected his resignation. (The Scotsman page 5, Daily Express page 6, The Sun page 2, The Herald page 8, Daily Telegraph page 4, The National page 6, FT page 2, The Times page 15, Daily Mail page 11, The Guardian page 7, P&J page 13, C&A page 17).
David Miliband criticises his brother: David Miliband said that his brother’s campaign was going backwards and not building on the success of New Labour. (The Scotsmanpage 5, The Herald page 7, Daily Telegraph page 1, The Times page 1, Daily Mail page 10, The Guardian page 7, P&J page 14, C&A page 16).
More devolution for Scotland: The new Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, has suggested that the Smith Commission may only be the first of a draft of powers heading to Holyrood. (The Scotsman page 6, The Hearld page 6, Daily Telegraph page 7, Daily Record page 4, The National page 4, The Times page 9, C&A page 14)
BBC under threat: The BBC licence fee may reportedly be under threat as the new Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, is an outspoken critic of the BBC and has called the licence fee “worse than a poll tax” and “unsustainable”. (Daily Telegraph page 1, The Times page 1, Daily Mail page 6)
New Labour shadow cabinet: Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman has announced Labour’s new shadow cabinet with Chris Leslie replacing the defeated Ed Balls has shadow Chancellor. (The Scotsman page 6)
Will Scotland repeat Ireland’s exit: Peter Jones comments in the Scotsman that Westminster must handle Scotland with care. If not, David Cameron will face the same problems as Britain did with Irish nationalism in the late 1910s and early 1920s when Sinn Finn won nearly all Irish seats in the 1918 UK General Election.
Ministers want free vote: Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee, has demanded that Tory ministers be given the freedom to campaign for Britain to leave the EU. (The Daily Express page 2, The Herald page 6)
SNP arrive in London: 56 SNP MPs arrived in Westminster yesterday led by Nicola Sturgeon. (Daily Express page 2, The Sun page 1, The Times page 10, Daily Mail page 8, P&J page 11)
Issues over Holyrood term length: MSPs are in dispute over the Scottish Parliament’s election timetable which could see two Scottish elections in the next four years. The problem centres on whether Holyrood’s next term should be a three or five years. (The Herald page 8)
SNP will play theatre: Iain Macwhirter comments in the Herald that the 56 SNP MPs will not be the “feeble 56” but will rather be very influential due to their positions in committees and being the official Third party.
Scottish Government to oppose Human Rights Act scrap: The Scottish Government will reportedly “robustly oppose” any move to scrap the Human Rights Act. (The National page 8)
Indy ref created change: Michael Gray, in the National, has commented that the Yes Campaign produced the landscape that energised the Scottish people to the extent that they voted Labour out.
Britain needs a new constitution: Sir Malcolm Rifkind in the Times has commented that Britain needs have a new constitutional settlement that is fairer to all four countries in the UK.
SNP need to get back to governing: Graham Grant in the Daily Mail has commented that the SNP need to start governing Scotland again and fix a long list of problems that Scotland currently faces. (Page 14).
SNP Westminster leader: Angus Robertson has been re-elected as leader as the leader of the SNP in Westminster. (P&J page 11)
Labour needs its soul: Former First Minster Henry McLeish writes in the C&A that Scottish Labour must win back the “soul of our party”. (C&A page 16)
Gender pay gap in NHS: Male NHS employees are being paid 28% more than their female counter parts according to a new audit. (The Scotsman page 1)
Scot’s back Hate Crime Laws: A panelbase poll commissioned by Wings Over Scotland has found that most Scots disagreed with Labour’s plan to repeal the anti-sectarian laws passed by the Scottish Government to deal with sectarianism in football. (The National page 13)
Wind Farm Tax: Families across Scotland are reportedly paying a total of £1.4 million a day to subsidise green energy schemes in Scotland according to Renewable Energy Foundation. (Daily Mail page 1)