Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 15 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 block: The UK government will today confirm that it will block any moves to deliver full fiscal autonomy to Holyrood. Scottish Secretary David Mundell has called the SNP policy a “shambles” and claims it would cost every family north of the border £5,000. (The Herald page 6, The Scotsman page 10, The Press and Journal page 12, The Courier page 17, The Times page 18, The National page 1, Daily Express page 5, Daily Record page 9, The Sun page 2, The Daily Telegraph page 1)

George Kerevan in the National comments that he still believes that Scottish fiscal autonomy is best for all. (page 14)

Jim Murphy: The departing leader’s radical reforms to the Scottish Labour party are adopted, including the end to the automatic re-selection process and reducing the powers that unions have over the party. He also announced that he would now step down from his role in electoral politics. (Scotland on Sunday page 1, Sunday Herald page 4, The National page 4, Daily Express page 6, Sunday Times page 1)

Labour leadership election: Scottish Labour will elect Jim Murphy’s successor in just over two month’s time with the election taking place under a one-person-one-vote system for the first time in the party’s history. (Scotland on Sunday page 5)

Scottish Labour leadership: Leadership frontrunner Kezia Dugdale is “not experienced enough” according to Ken Macintosh, her rival in the contest to succeed Jim Murphy. (The Scotsman page 10, The Press and Journal page 14, Daily Mail page 8, The Times page 6, Daily Record page 9, The Sun page 2)

Johann Lamont wrote in the Sunday Times that the only way to revive Scottish Labour is for a completely new-look party. (page 4)

George Galloway: One of the most controversial No campaigners has predicted that Scotland will back independence within five years. (Sunday Herald page 20, The Press and Journal page 12)

Tory Eurosceptic rebellion: David Cameron faces a mass rebellion this week over plans to scrap rules limiting government involvement in the EU referendum campaign. (The Times page 2, The Sun page 2, The Daily Telegraph page 1)

Second referendum: The SNP has warned there could be a second independence referendum if the UK government does not agree to devolve more powers to Holyrood, according to reports. (The Herald page 6, Financial Times page 1)

David Torrance in The Herald discusses the debate within the SNP on another referendum. (page 15)

Council tax: According to the Scottish Assessors Association, an expert body on property values, Scotland should keep the council tax instead of experimenting with new local taxation after the Holyrood election. (The Herald page 6)

EU referendum: Jean Urquhart MSP has said that David Cameron’s ban on Europeans in Britain voting in the EU referendum has caused outrage in Scotland. Alex Salmond has also called on Labour and Tory rebels to join with the SNP to prevent an in/out referendum being held in tandem with devolved elections. (The Herald page 6, The Press and Journal page 13, The Courier page 17)

David Starkey: The controversial historian has come under fire after comparing the SNP to the Nazis and likening the Saltire to the swastika. (The Scotsman page 4, Daily Mail page 8, The Times page 2, Daily Express page 6, Daily Record page 9, The Sun page 2, Sunday Times page 1)

Wind farms: Up to 30 onshore wind farms planned across Scotland could be scrapped as a result of Conservative plans to axe subsidies. The Scottish Tories have also been accused of gross hypocrisy after denouncing wind farms while one of their own MSPs plans a massive wind farm on his Highland estate. (Sunday Times page 7, Scotland on Sunday page 12, The Herald page 3)

EU fishing exemption: Holyrood considers requesting an EU exemption over a ban on using electricity to hunt lucrative shellfish after research by Marine Scotland shows that electro-fishing did not do as much environmental damage as first feared. (The Herald page 5)


Staff demand: The demand for staff in Scotland has grown again but the availability of candidates to fill vacancies has fallen sharply, according to the latest Bank of Scotland report. (The National page 23)


Extra railway staff: Hundreds of extra staff members are being deployed at key railway stations across central Scotland amid expectations of major disruption as substantial work gets underway. (The Herald page 1)


Criminal foreign nationals: Rapist, drug dealers and violent offenders were among 100 foreign nationals removed from Scotland in the first year of a new crime operation. (The Scotsman page 5)

Police bullying: A survey of Scottish police officers has shown that a third of the force believes that there is a culture of bullying within the force. (The Scotsman page 16, Sunday Times page 5)

Police custody death: Labour MSP Graeme Pearson, a former crime agency chief, has criticised the police for the way they handled the case of a man who died in custody. (The Herald page 9)


Cancer screening: NHS screening for cervical cancer should be extended to women over 64 after figures show that one in five new cases is diagnosed in this age group.(The Herald page 12, The Scotsman page 1, The Courier page 15)

Diabetes: The number of people with diabetes in Scotland has reached an all-time high according to official figures. (The Herald page 2, Daily Mail page 13)

NHS travel row: A protest campaign is escalating over a postcode lottery operating in Scotland for NHS travel allowances. (The Herald page 9)


Head teacher diversity: According to Scottish Government figures, Scotland has no head or deputy head teachers from a black, Asian or ethnic minority background. (The Scotsman page 9, The Herald page 11, The National page 12)

Local Government

Council Funding: Thousands of jobs face the axe and some frontline local services could be reduced or withdrawn as new information shows Scotland’s councils are approaching a financial black hole of around £1 billion. (The Herald page 1)

Child hearings: Social work chief Alistair Gaw has called for a review of how Scotland’s system of volunteer panels that make decisions about the lives of children works. (The Herald page 1)