Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 8 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.
General Election: The General Election has resulted in the Conservatives remaining the largest party at Westminster, and the SNP returning a landslide of MPs in Scotland. At the time of publication, the current forecast gives the Conservatives an overall majority of 329 seats, against Labour’s 234, the Lib Democrats’ 8, the SNP on 56, Plaid Cymru 3, the Greens 1 and others 19.
A surprise exit poll released at the close of voting yesterday showed the Conservatives holding 316 MPs against Labour on 239, the SNP on 58, the Liberal Democrats on 10 and UKIP and the Greens on 2.
With all of Scotland’s 59 constituencies announced, the SNP have returned 56 seats, with Labour, the Lib Dems and the Conservatives on 1 seat each.
For extensive coverage in the newspapers of polling day up until the exit polls, see The Herald pages 1 to 7, The Scotsman pages 1 to 5, The Daily Telegraph pages 1 to 7, The Times pages 1 to 15, Financial Times pages 1 and 2, Daily Express pages 1 to 9, Daily Record pages 1 to 7, The Scottish Sun pages 1 to 11, Scottish Daily Mail pages 1 and 6 to 13, The Guardian pages 1 to 7, The Press and Journal pages 12 to 15, The Courier pages 1 and 16 to 20 (provided links connect to newspapers’ developing coverage).
Alison Rowat in The Herald (page 17) urged voters to consider the seismic events of the General Election in historical perspective.
Joyce McMillan in The Scotsman (page 23) has commented that the SNP result shows that the first-past-the-post electoral system has ‘run its course’, having ‘turn[ed]on’ Labour and the Tories in Scotland.
Kevin McKenna in The Times (page 15) has commented on his decision to vote SNP as a traditional Labour voter.
SNP landslide: The SNP have secured a dramatic victory, after initial exit polls predicted that the party would take 58 of 59 seats in Scotland. (The Herald page 1, The Scotsman page 2, Daily Express page 2, The Scottish Sun page 1)
Conservative victory: After an exit poll defied previous predictions, the Conservatives are expected to have ‘won’ the election, with David Cameron remaining as Prime Minister. (The Herald page 1, The Scotsman page 1, The Daily Telegraph page 1, The Times page 1, Daily Express page 1, Daily Record page 1, Scottish Daily Mail page 1)
Scottish Labour: Ian Bell has written in The Herald of ‘The strange death of Scottish Labour’, tracking the party’s electoral demise from 1997 onwards. The party’s leader in Scotland, Jim Murphy, who lost his East Renfrewshire seat, is ‘in trouble’ with calls for him to stand down. (The Herald pages 2 and 3).
Voter fraud: Police are investigating allegations of voter fraud in the Glasgow East constituency after two people reportedly arrived using the same name and address to vote in the area. (Herald page 3)
Teaching unions: Division amongst councils who belong to the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities could lead to “creeping privatisation” of education, a leader of a teaching union has warned. (The Herald page 11)