Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 26 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 backtrack: David Cameron has admitted there is no guarantee attempts to renegotiate the UK’s position in the EU will be successful, and has been accused of ‘retreating’ by Eurosceptic Tories and ‘making a mess’ by opposition MPs. (Herald page 2, Times page 2, Guardian page 2, Scotsman page 7, Mail page 8, P&J page 16.)


Cybernats: Nicola Sturgeon has announced a disciplinary crackdown against instances of online abusers from within the SNP. (Sun page 2, Times page 5, Scotsman page 5, P&J page 11, Courier page 13.)


Annabel Goldie: Former Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie has announced that she will stand down from Holyrood next year. (Record page 2, Scotsman page 4, Herald page 6, P&J page 12, Courier page 13, Times page 22.)


Record Population: The UK’s population increased last year to a record of 64.6 million. The increase was boosted by slightly more immigration than natural growth, and puts Scotland at a record population of 5.3 million. (Scotsman page 1, Courier page 2, Telegraph page 6, Herald page 9, P&J page 18.)


Child poverty: 1 in 5 Scottish children still live in poverty despite decreases since last year, and campaigners warn cuts to tax credits may see the figures rise. (Scotsman page 11, P&J 18.)



Oil slump: The SNP have been criticised after new oil and gas revenue forecasts, showing figures billions lower than the predictions used during last year’s referendum, were released only hours before the summer recess. The independent Institute for Fiscal Studies says complete fiscal devolution would subsequently leave a £10 billion hole in Scottish finances by 2020. (Herald page 1, Times page 1, Telegraph page 1, Daily Express page 1, P&J page 1, National page 2, Record page 2, Sun page 2, Scotsman page 10, P&J page 13, Courier page 19, Guardian page 33.)


Air Passenger Duty: A Reform Scotland report, Improving Scotland’s Business Environment, proposes scrapping Air Passenger Duty as one of 11 recommendations to make Scotland a more business-friendly environment. (Scotsman page 15, Herald page 27, Courier.)


Green bank: Concerns were raised within the green industries sector after it was announced that the Edinburgh-based Green Investment Bank is to be privatised. (Times page 5, National page 7.)


Fiscal powers: Holyrood could take control of income tax by 2018, says Scottish Secretary David Mundell. (Scotsman page 1, Record page 2, Courier page 13.)


Wind power: Scottish wind turbines generated record amounts of energy in the first quarter of 2015, and provided almost half of energy in 2014, increasing anger at recent cuts to wind farm subsidies. (Record page 2, Scotsman page 25.)



Air Guns: New restrictions enforcing the licensing of air guns have been hailed by the parents of the two year old air gun murder victim Andrew Morton. (Times page 2, Herald page 3, Scotsman page 12, Courier page 13.)



Ferry strike: Local MSPs support CalMac ferry workers who continue to strike over a new contract, over fears the company is being ‘privatised by the back door’. (Herald page 7, Record page 12, National page 13.)



GP Crisis: GPs have warned that a new £50 million primary care fund may not be enough to tackle recruitment issues which may lead to a Scottish GP shortfall of up to 900 by 2020. (Scotsman page 8.)


Local Government

Council resignation: Leader of Glasgow City Council Gordon Matheson has announced that he will resign his council position regardless of whether he is successful in his bid for the  deputy leadership of Scottish Labour. (Herald page 1.)


Parental funding: Renfrewshire Council has unveiled a £6m educational scheme which will assist poorer parents in paying for educational expenses, and improve literary resources in order to improve the attainment gap. (Herald page 4.)