Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 22 June 2015

Reform Scotland     

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.



Tory independence warning: In a lecture today, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is expected to deliver a stark warning to David Cameron and Tory ministers that more needs to be done to keep the United Kingdom intact. She will also say that the Tories will be a surprise package at the Holyrood election as they look to become the natural home for voters who voted no in the independence referendum. (The Scotsman page 1, Daily Mail page 8, The Times page 4, The Daily Telegraph page 1)

First national council: Nicola Sturgeon made a speech at the first national council since the referendum telling of how the SNP’s disappointment at losing the independence vote has been tempered with the success in the recent election. (The Scotsman page 5, The Herald page 6, The Press and Journal page 13)

Labour’s downfall: One of Tony Blair’s closest allies Lord Falconer has admitted he thought the Iraq war was a mistake and contributed to Labour’s decline in Scotland and the rest of the UK. This further increases calls for the publishing of Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the Iraq war. (The Scotsman page 6, The Herald page 6, The National page 2)

Emergency Incidents meeting: Scotland will share its experience of managing terror attacks, freak weather and other major incidents at an international conference on national resilience. (The Herald page 4)

UK welfare budget cuts: George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith will set out plans to cut a further £12 billion from the welfare budget next month. (The Herald page 6, The Courier page 15, The Sunday Times page 1)

Kezia Dugdale: The Labour leadership frontrunner has said that the election meltdown could be worse at next year’s Holyrood election unless something in the party changes. (Scotland on Sunday page 4, Sunday Herald page 8)

Anti-austerity march: Thousands of people gathered in Glasgow as part of the first major UK-wide protests against austerity since the General Election. (Sunday Herald page 5)

Turnout plea: Nicola Sturgeon has urged opposition parties to join her in an attempt to increase overall turnout for the Holyrood elections next year. (The National page 2)


England’s devolution: The new process dubbed DevoManc will pose a major threat to Scotland’s economic growth unless Edinburgh and Glasgow are handed significant powers. The process sees Greater Manchester handed billions in health budget amidst calls for the region to be given tax powers. (The Herald page 4)


Stop and search: New statistics show nearly one in five Glaswegians being stopped and search by police in the past year. (The Scotsman page 15, The Herald page 5, The Press and Journal page 19, Daily Mail page 1, The Times page 2)

Organised scammers: Senior law enforcement figures have warned of gangsters pioneering scams that police fear could leave thousands of people penniless in old age. (The Herald page 1, Sunday Herald page 3)


Immigration: Plans to force immigrants to quit the UK after six years if they are not earning over £35,000 could create chaos in the NHS as foreign nursing staff will be forced to leave the country as a result. (The Scotsman page 2, The Courier page 19, Daily Mail page12)

7-day care: The Royal College of Nursing has said that Scotland will need more senior nurses on higher pay to meet the challenges of a seven-day NHS or patient safety may be at risk. (The Scotsman page 13, Scotland on Sunday page 12)

Meningitis vaccinations: All babies in Scotland can be vaccinated against meningitis B from September. (The Scotsman page 16, The Herald page 12, Scotland on Sunday page 15, The Press and Journal page 14)

Health chiefs criticised: Health service experts have neglected a condition, delirium, which affects up to half of all elderly patients after surgery and can leave them with lasting brain damage. (The Herald page 3)

Kiltwalk trustee: A financial expert that was brought in to help run the troubled charity has revealed that its mission to raise funds to help sick children is a cause close to his heart following his daughter’s recovery from cancer. (The Herald page 11)

NHS home treatment: Plans to treat more patients in their own homes are among proposals to be trialled in a groundbreaking consultation revealed by Scotland’s new chief medical officer. (The Herald page 13)

GPs forum criticism:  An online community set up to give GPs a forum to air grievances about their work has come under fire after derogatory comments made by GPs may stop patients from raising health risks at their local surgery. (Scotland on Sunday page 12)

Waiting Times: New data has shown that more than 2,500 patients waited in accident and emergency for more than four hours every week last year, in breach of a Scottish government target. (The Sunday Times page 1, Daily Record page 2)

Local Government

Tory wind farm subsidy cut: The Conservative Government’s decision to end wind farm subsidies will almost certainly prevent the SNP from meeting its flagship renewable energy target. (Scotland on Sunday page 8, The Daily Telegraph page 3)


Independent schools: Kezia Dugdale has unveiled plans to scrap the charitable status of Scotland’s independent schools to make them pay more tax. (Scotland on Sunday page 1, The Times page 1)

Andrew Nicoll in The Sun argues that inequality starts long before schools and this reform of the charitable status will do little to decrease the inequality in education. (page 8)