Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 17 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.


EU referendum: David Cameron avoided defeat in the House of Commons last night after agreeing to backtrack on plans to change the purdha rules which normally apply at elections.   25 Tory MPs voted for an amendment from Eurosceptic Sir Bill Cash.  However, all but four Labour MPs abstained, giving the Prime Minister a 191 majority on the vote. (Scotsman page 1, National page 1, Times page 2, Express page 2, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 1, FT page 2, Guardian page 4, P&J page 12, Courier page 18)

Tory MSPs: Tory MSPs Alex Fergusson and Nanette Milne have announced that they are standing down at the next Scottish election. (Scotsman page 5, Sun page 2, Times page 20, Record page 2, Herald page 6)

Labour: Andrew Whitaker in the Scotsman comments ahead of the televised Labour leadership debate.

Daniel Finkelstein in the Times and Mary Riddell in the Telegraph comment on the Labour leadership contest.

Scottish Labour: Glasgow City Council leader Gordon Matheson is reportedly facing a backlash from Labour MSPs critical of his attempt to become deputy leader of the party. (National page 2)

Tom Harris: Former Labour MP Tom Harris has apologised for creating a “fair amount of the bad feeling between Labour and the SNP” as well as conceding that “Scottish health and education are not the success story the SNP would like us to believe.  But then, neither were they under the last Labour-LibDem regime”. (National page 2)

SNP: Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph argues that, whether it is over schooling or taxes, the SNP want to be different for the sake of it.

Inflation: The Consumer Price Index rose to 0.1% in May. (Scotsman page 10, Express page 2)

Sex offences: The number of sexual offences against children in Scotland is at a 10-year high. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 5)

South Glasgow University Hospital: A team of experts has been sent to the new South Glasgow University Hospital to drive down waiting times. (Scotsman page 1, National page 8, Sun page 2, Times page 1, Express page 4, Record page 2, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 1)

Class: Alex Massie in the Times comments on the different experience of school and getting into university people have depending on the type of school they attend. (page 25)