Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 18 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.



Labour leadership: The four Labour leadership contenders took part in a televised debate last night. (Scotsman page 10, Times page 20, Herald page 6, Mail page 20, Guardian page 11)


Chilcot: David Cameron has reportedly commented that he is “fast losing patient” at the delays in the publication of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war. (Times page 4, Sun page 2, National page 1, Herald page 6, P&J page 16)


Living wage: Tim Montgomerie in the Times (page 27) urges George Osborne to consider adopting the living wage.


Westminster: Lesley Riddoch in the National comments on the increased media coverage and interest of Scottish MPs at Westminster.


Rich and poor: New research by Professor David Bell and David Eiser of Stirling University has suggested that Scotland’s poorest three or four percent experienced a drop in real income of about 10% between 1997 and 2013. (Herald page 1)


Richard Baker: Labour MSP Richard Baker has confirmed that he has secured enough nominations to go forward as a candidate for deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party. (P&J page 13)



Grexit: George Osborne has reportedly commented that a Greek exit from the euro was “a very serious risk” to the UK’s economy. (Scotsman page 1, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman )


Oil: Oil and Gas UK has warned that the sector must get used to a world of low global prices. The comments came as the First Minister called for tax breaks for the industry to boost exploration. (Scotsman page 8, Times page 1, Sun page 2, National page 3, Express page 4, Record page 2, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 10, Courier page 17)


Unemployment: Unemployment in Scotland rose by 1,000 to 163,000 in the period from February to April this year.  However, employment also rose by 14,000 during the same period. (Scotsman page 20, Sun page 2, Express page 2, Record page 2, Courier page 16)



Road deaths: The number of people killed on Scotland’s roads increased in 2014, the first rise for eight years. 200 people were killed last year, 28 more than in 2013. (Scotsman page 11, Record page 23, Herald page 13, Mail page 4, Courier page 13, P&J page 12)



Attainment: Latest official figures have indicated that school leavers from the most deprived parts of Scotland are half as likely as those from the wealthiest areas to have passed at least one Higher or Advanced Higher. (Scotsman page 18, Times page 11, Herald page 7, Telegraph page 14)


‘Named person’: Opponents have criticised the Scottish Government for using bewildering diagrams to explain its proposals for appointing a state guardian for every child under 18. (Telegraph page 8)


University elections: The SNP has reportedly been warned against politicising Scottish university after unveiling proposals for universities to stage elections to select the chairperson of their governing boards. (Telegraph page 10, Courier page 17)