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Reform Scotland Media Summary 13 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
 
Politics
Jim Murphy: Public sector union Unison has commented that it would be “unprecedented” for Jim Murphy to remain as Scottish Labour leader. (Scotsman page 1, Express page 7)

Alex Rowley MSP yesterday became the second MSP to resign from Jim Murphy’s shadow cabinet, insisting that Mr Murphy had to resign as leader. (Sun page 10, Record page 13, National page 1, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, Mail page 10, Courier page 16, P&J page 12, Times page 1, Alex Massie in the Times)

Jack McConnell in the Times comments that Ed Miliband created problems that Jim Murphy was unable to fix and that it was. (Times page 31)

SNP Westminster leader: Angus Robertson was yesterday re-elected unopposed as the SNP’s Westminster group leader. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 6, Courier page 16, P&J page 11)

Human Rights Act: Nicola Sturgeon has commented that the Scottish Government will oppose UK Government plans to replace the Human Rights Act with a new British Bill of Rights.  (Scotsman page 5, Chris Marshall in the Scotsman, Sun page 2, Express page 7, Record page 10, National page 4, Herald page 7, Stephen Naysmith in the Herald, Mail page 20, P&J page 11, Times page 8)

Labour leadership: Andrew Whitaker in the Scotsman and Mary Riddell in the Telegraph comment on the UK Labour leadership contest.

Europe: Allan Massie in the Scotsman comments that David Cameron will be more worried about Eurosceptics than the SNP.

Westminster: Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh in the National comments on the new group of SNP MPs, of which she is a member.

More powers: SNP MPs are reportedly demanding early devolution of National Insurance. (Herald page 1)

David Mundell has reportedly commented that plans to devolve more powers to Holyrood by the end of the summer won’t go beyond the Smith Commission. (FT page 2)

BBC: Ian Bell comments in the Herald on John Whittingdale’s appointment as Culture Secretary.

Fiscal autonomy:  Some senior Conservatives are reportedly calling for Scotland to be given full fiscal autonomy. (Mail page 8)

Ukip:  Ukip’s only MP, Douglas Carswell, has accused his own party of seeking to waste taxpayers’ money. (Times page 1

Transport
Network Rail: The Rail, Maritime and Transport union has voted for the first UK-wide strike for 20 years. (Scotsman page 11, Record page 2, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 12, Guardian page 5)

Trams: The inquiry into Edinburgh’s delayed and over-budget trams project is investigating the role played by the Scottish Government. (Scotsman page 14)

Justice
Human trafficking: New human trafficking legislation, which offers better protection for victims and tougher penalties for perpetrators, has been backed by the Scottish Parliament. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6)

Armed police: Two police officers buying their lunch in a supermarket in Stirling at the weekend were reportedly photographed carrying handguns. (Mail page 1)