Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 12 June 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.



Full Fiscal Autonomy: The Office for Budget Responsibility has cut the expected revenues coming out of the oil sector in the future which would affect SNP plans for Holyrood to have full fiscal autonomy. However, John Swinney and the Scottish Government have defended the need for full fiscal autonomy. (The Scotsman page1, The Herald page 1, The Times page 1, The Daily Telegraph page 1, The National page 2, Daily Express page 4, Daily Record page 7, The Sun page 2, The Courier page 16, Daily Mail page 12)

Lindsay McIntosh in The Times tells of the lack of choice for the people of Scotland on full fiscal autonomy to Holyrood and how it should probably be a topic to be voted on in a referendum. (page 8)

Edinburgh East MP Tommy Sheppard in the National has set the record straight on his support of full fiscal autonomy, but the need to plan it out carefully after being misquoted in the House of Commons multiple times. (page 2)

Scottish Labour on oil: Kezia Dugdale and the Scottish Labour party have published their own oil report claiming that if the SNP fiscal plans were to add up then oil prices would have to hit an unprecedented $200 a barrel. (The Scotsman page 7, The Press and Journal page 1)

Nicola Sturgeon: The First Minister has warned that the UK will not survive without a change in the treatment of the four nations in a keynote address in Washington DC. (The Scotsman page 5, The Daily Telegraph page 8, The National page 3, Daily Express page 2, The Sun page 2, The Courier page 16)

Second Referendum: Unionist fears have been raised that the SNP Government will seek to hold a Holyrood election early in 2019 and use it to launch a bid for a second independence referendum that summer. (The Herald page 6)

Gavin Brown: The Scottish Conservative finance spokesman is to step down at the 2016 Holyrood election, saying he needs a fresh challenge. (The Scotsman page 5, Daily Record page 2)

Charles Kennedy: Mourners at the funeral of Charles Kennedy will gather to pay tribute at a service in his family’s local church in the Highlands. (The Herald page 1, Daily Mail page 4)

Personal and social care: Ministers are facing calls to abolish the so-called ‘care tax’ after it was revealed more than 14,000 people are in arrears with bills. (The Herald page 3)

Independent Scottish Labour party: Andy Burnham has said that he does not favour the party becoming independent from the UK party despite being told by MSPs that the relationship is dysfunctional. Jack Straw has called for the opposite and claims a separate party is needed after the SNP’s general election landslide. (The Times page 2, Daily Record page 9, The Courier page 16, Daily Mail page 12)

Westminster battles: Alan Cochrane in The Daily Telegraph has said that the events in the House of Commons are greatly overshadowing the events taking place in the Scottish Parliament and makes Holyrood seem like a sideshow. (page 8)

Gordon Brown: It has emerged that the former MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath spent £732 on pen refill cartridges shortly before stepping down as a member of the House of Commons. (The Scotsman page 4, The Herald page 6, The Courier page 17)


RBS: The value of RBS shares rose by up to £900 million after George Osborne announced plans to start selling off the taxpayers’ stake. (The Scotsman page 1)

Trump attacks Salmond: Donald Trump has dubbed the former First Minister a “stupid bull” after a recent setback in the legal tussle at the opening of the new clubhouse at his golf course in north east Scotland. (The Financial Times page 4)


Railway job loss: Dozens of railway jobs are to be cut on Scotland’s railways in order to reduce costs in a new alliance between network train operator ScotRail and track owner Network Rail. (The Scotsman page 8)

Rail disruption: Passengers face six weeks of major works on the main line between Glasgow and Edinburgh as major works get underway. (The Scotsman page 8, The Herald page 12)

Trams boss defects: The director of the capital’s tram service has become the latest executive to defect to Abellio, the operator of ScotRail. (The Herald page 10)

Local Government

LGBT youngsters: According to LGBT Youth Scotland, more needs to be done to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people feel safe in their communities. (The Herald page 5)


Whistle blowers: Doctors are calling for an urgent judicial review into how whistle-blowers were treated at a major health board after doctors were fired at NHS Grampian. (The Scotsman page 1, The Herald page 1, The Press and Journal page 1)

Cancer vaccine: A Glasgow-born scientist, Professor Ian Frazer, has won a prestigious international award for the invention of a cancer vaccine which has saved the lives of millions of women. (The Scotsman page 11)

NHS doctor in Israel: Dr Jason Leith, the doctor tasked with improving standards of care in the NHS is working with medics in Israel in a bid to drive down hospital infection and mortality rates. (The Herald page 5)

E-cigarette public ban: There have been calls by the Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland to ban electronic cigarettes in public places amid increased fears of health concerns. (Daily Express page 7, Daily Mail page 13)


Police snooping: Police Scotland is found to be making extensive use of obscure surveillance laws to look at people’s emails. A report published by David Anderson QC shows that there needs to be an immediate overhaul of these laws. (The Scotsman page 10, The Herald page 2, The Guardian page 1)

Police cheat probe: Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson faces weeks of uncertainty over his future after being accused of cheating on an elite leadership course. (The Herald page 4)

Sexual discrimination cases: Fresh figures show that there has been a big drop in sexual discrimination cases in the workplace and it is said that this is due to the introduction of costly employment tribunal fees. (The Herald page 7)

Anti-bigotry law: Nicola Sturgeon welcomed a poll showing that 80 per cent of the Scottish public would support the controversial law in a study by Stirling University. (The Sun page 4)