Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 16 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.



Fiscal Autonomy: Amendments by Conservatives and SNP MPs to devolve full economic powers to Holyrood failed after the first day of the committee stage of the Scotland Bill (The Scotsman page 8, Times page 1, National page 2)


Scottish Labour MSP Alex Rowley has said the party should be accepting of fiscal autonomy (National page 4)


Labour have challenged the SNP and Conservative backed amendments to give Scotland full fiscal autonomy (Herald page 6)


David Torrance comments on the ongoing debate on full fiscal autonomy (The Scotsman page 8)


Labour Leadership: Four candidates are now in the race to become the next UK Labour Party leader.  However, they face the problem of creating a strategy for leading the party into the 2020 General Election (Financial Times page 2, National page 5)


Jeremy Corbyn is now a candidate in the leadership contest after achieving 35 endorsements from Labour MPs (The Scotsman page 6, Times page 20, Sun page 2)


Jenny Hjul comments on the Labour Leadership election (Herald page 13)


The Scottish Labour Deputy Leadership candidates are unveiled (The Scotsman page 7, Herald page 6, National page 4)


EU Referendum: Prime Minister David Cameron, ahead of a debate legislating for the EU Referendum, is set to compromise with Conservative Party eurosceptics on campaign rules (Financial Times page 2, Daily Telegraph page 1, Herald page 6, Times page 2, Sun page 2)


Paul Goodman provides commentary on David Cameron’s latest decision (Daily Telegraph page 18)


Independence: The SNP’s Stewart Hosie has reportedly warned the UK Government that if it did not devolve more fiscal powers to Scotland the SNP may hold a second independence referendum whilst Nicola Sturgeon has been urged to outline the circumstances for a second referendum (Daily Express page 2, Daily Telegraph page 6)


Scottish devolution: John Swinney MSP has written to the Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell advocating extra devolution over tax, jobs and welfare (Financial Times page 2, Daily Record page 9)


Jim Murphy: Former Scottish Labour Leader claims that Prime Minister David Cameron will give the SNP the opportunity to stage a second independence referendum (Daily Record page 8, The Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6, Times page 21, National page 3)


Charles Kennedy: Glasgow University are to unveil a memorial fund in remembrance of former student and rector Charles Kennedy (Daily Express page 8, Daily Record page 10, Herald page 3, Times page 12, Sun page 2)


Unison: General Secretary Dave Prentis has warned that they will review their links with the Labour Party if it becomes more right wing (The Scotsman page 7)


Local Councils: A commission has been established to examine giving Scotland’s local councils greater fiscal autonomy in order for them to combat the effects on local services and jobs (Herald page 7)


Nicola Sturgeon: Iain MacWhirter comments on the effect Nicola Sturgeon has had on Scottish politics (Herald page 15)


Social Mobility: Rachel Sylvester comments on the decline of social mobility and why the UK Government should act (Times page 25)


Greece: Greece is moving closer to leaving the eurozone as the country is set to default on a 1.5 billion euro debt repayment (Daily Telegraph page 1, Times page 1)



OECD: Data from the OECD has illustrated that the Coalition Government from 2010-2015 reduced public spending to the same degree as countries currently effected by the Eurozone crisis (Financial Times page 3)


Jobs: The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said that the pace of job losses in the public sector is set to increase unless further public pay restraint is imposed (Daily Telegraph page 2)


Steel Strike: Tata Steel has held discussions with trade unions and ACAS in order to resolve a pension dispute to avoid a strike affecting hundreds of Scottish workers (Daily Record page 20)


Business Start Ups: John Swinney has outlined a system of tax incentives to enable businesses to start up in Scotland and to boost entrepreneurship (Herald page 1)


Underemployment: The TUC has said that the number of people who want to work remains higher than before the financial crisis (Herald page 5)


Wind Farms: Local Energy Scotland has revealed that wind farms contribute £9 million to community projects across Scotland (Herald page 3)



Free personal care for the elderly: The Scottish Government is being urged today to review its free personal care policy amid fears that Scotland’s ageing population is making it unaffordable (Daily Express page 1, The Scotsman page 16, Herald page 5)


GP Shortage: A Labour MSP questions why there are GP shortages after the closure of a surgery in the North East of Scotland (Press and Journal page 8)



Independent Schools: SNP plans to ban independent schools from employing teachers not registered in Scotland have been described as posing a threat to the quality of education (Daily Telegraph page 1)


Post-study work visas: More than 100 figures from business and academia have called for the re-introduction of the post-study work visas which allow students to work in Scotland after completing their studies (Herald page 1)


College Mergers: Initial findings by Unison have found that two thirds of college staff believe that they are providing a worse service to students than they were before the merger programme was implemented (Herald page 2)



Cornton Vale: Scotland’s only female prison is reportedly the worst in the country for attacks on staff (Daily Express page 3)


Smoking: Police fear that the ban on smoking in cars could divert their attention from tackling terrorism (Daily Record page 18, Times page 4, Sun page 2)



 Air fares: A Campaign to lower travel prices from the Scottish Islands are to meet with senior management of Loganair in Shetland next week (National page 11)