Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 24 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.



Land reform:  The Scottish Government has published proposals for land reform which could see the government order major estates to sell parts of their land to local communities. (Scotsman page 1, Times page 16, Express page 4, National page 1, Andy Wightman in the National, Herald page 8, Telegraph page 1, Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph, FT page 3, Mail page 14, P&J page 12, Courier page 13)

Lib/Lab: Andrew Whitaker in the Scotsman comments on the relationship between Labour and the Lib Dems.

Monarchy:  A senior palace source has reportedly claimed that the SNP is to back out of an agreement to make a contribution to the sovereign grant from the revenues of the Scottish assets of the Crown Estate. (Times page 1, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 12, Guardian page 2)

Mary Scanlon: Scottish Tory Highlands and Islands MSP Mary Scanlon is to stand down at the Scottish election in 2016. (National page 6, Scotsman page 9, Herald page 6, Mail page 25, P&J page 11, Courier page 17)

Independence referendum: Ruth Davidson has warned that unionists would struggle to win a second referendum within the next 15 years. (Herald page 6)

Welfare: Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh in the National argues that the UK Government is blind to the reality of welfare cuts.

Twitter: There are allegations that Nicola Sturgeon follows a number of alleged trolls on Twitter. (Mail page 1, Margaret Curran in the Mail)

Child poverty: David Cameron is reportedly seeking to redefine the way child poverty is measured. (Guardian page 1)



Oil: Accountancy firm KPMG has said that the next six to 12months will be “critical” for the survival of oilfield services companies. (Scotsman page 1)

Bankers’ bonuses: City regulators have unveiled new rules which will reportedly ban bonuses for non-executive directors and senior managers from any bank or lender which is bailed out by the taxpayer. (Scotsman page 1, FT page 2)

Lloyds: The taxpayer stake in Lloyds Banking Group has fallen to 16.87% following the sale of further shares. (Scotsman page 6)

Scottish Rate of Income Tax: Ben Thomson in the Herald comments on the Scottish Rate of Income Tax, due to come into effect next year.



Crime: Between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015 there was a 4.7% fall in recorded crime according to Police Scotland, though sexual crimes rose by 9.3%. (Scotsman page 12, Times page 2, Express page 20, Mail page 19, Courier page 1)

999 calls: Police controllers are reportedly taking up to three minutes to answer 999 emergencies and 11 minutes for more routine calls. (Scotsman page 17)

Early release: MSPs have voted to end automatic early release for prisoners serving long-term sentences. (Scotsman page 20, Times page 17, Herald page 6, Mail page 22, Courier page 17)



CalMac: The Scottish Government has urged the RMT union to call of a strike planned for Friday which would cause disruption to CalMac ferry services. (Scotsman page 15, Record page 8, National page 6, Herald page 1, Mail page 25)



Waiting times: According to official figures the Scottish Government has missed its waiting times target for emergency patients for the 297th week in a row. (Express page 2


Local government

North Lanarkshire council: Accountants have raised concerns over how North Lanarkshire was able to renegotiate a multi-million pound deal with a business which was run by a friend of the council leader. (Herald page 1)