Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 30 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.




Greece: Rallies have been held in Athens in defiance of comments made by President of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker on the consequences of Greece holding a referendum on the new terms of the bailout programme. Capital Controls came into effect yesterday meaning that Greek citizens can only withdraw 60 euros a day from Greek banks (National page 1, Times page 28, Scotsman page 1, Daily Record page 6, Press and Journal page 23)


£30 billion was wiped off the values of the top UK Companies as the FTSE 100 fell 133 points (Sun page 2, Times page 35)


Peter Jones comments on the Greek crisis and its implications on Scotland (Scotsman page 25


UK Tourists travelling to Greece have been warned to take extra money in order to cover all costs and potential emergencies (Daily Telegraph page 1, Daily Express page 2)


Tunisia: Scottish Government offices flew flags at half mast to pay respect to victims of the terrorist attack in Tunisia (National page 2)


David Cameron is to call on the British people to defy terrorist acts by joining in a minute’s silence on Friday to remember the victims of the Tunisian attacks (Sun page 1, Press and Journal page 12)


Welfare: SNP politicians have renewed calls for the devolution of welfare powers after a report claimed Scots would be affected the hardest by the Conservative Government’s economic and welfare policies (National page 6, Daily Record page 2)


David Mundell MP has called on the SNP to disclose who would pay for the party’s welfare policies (Sun page 2, Times page 2, Herald page 6, Scotsman page 3, Daily Record page 2, Daily Express page 2, Press and Journal page 16)


A report from the Office of National Statistics disclosed that 13.7 million households in Britain receive more in benefits than pay in tax (Daily Telegraph page 11


European Union Referendum: Business Secretary Sajid Javid has warned that the CBI must stop campaigning to keep Britain in the EU (Times page 2, Herald page 6, Daily Telegraph page 2)


MSPs are to assess the impact of the upcoming EU Referendum on Scotland (Scotsman page 2)


Scottish Labour Leadership: Members have been told there is too much ‘doom and gloom’ over their prospects at the 2016 Holyrood Election (Scotsman page 6)


Kezia Dugdale has won the support of the Communications Workers Union in her bid to become Scottish Labour Leader (Daily Record page 2, Daily Express page 8, Press and Journal page 16)


EVEL: Plans for English votes on English legislation are reportedly set to be announced on Thursday (Daily Telegraph page 2)



Cuts: It has been reported that the Scottish economy could shrink by up to 2% as an result of UK Government cuts (Sun page 2, Herald page 6)


Charities have appealed to the UK Government to find new ways of reducing public spending after they announced £12 billion worth of welfare cuts (Herald page 6)


Scottish Enterprise: Councillors in Aberdeen have called for Scottish Enterprise to be scrapped and for its budget to be redistributed to regions across Scotland (Press and Journal page 4)


Wind Farms: A cross party group of MSPs has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament condemning the recent decision to not continue with the renewable subsidy (Press and Journal page 17)




Terrorism: David Cameron has backed calls for more counter-extremism measures (National page 3, Times page 1, Herald page 1, Daily Express page 1, Financial Times page 4)


Rachel Sylvester comments on David Camerons plans for counter-terrorism (Times page 23)


Crimes rates: Latest figures for offending in Edinburgh and Glasgow are beginning to match up as crime in Glasgow falls and rises in Edinburgh (Herald page 9)



NHS: It is has been reported that one in five training slots for GPs have been left vacant as junior doctors turn their backs on the profession (Herald page 1)


A member of the Highlands and Island regional health board has called for salary increased to stop the shortfall in the number of GPs in the region (Scotsman page 1)



LGBT: Campaign group, Time for Inclusive Education, has called for statutory teaching of LGBT issues in schools after figures show that LGBT teens have high rates of self harm and suicide (National page 12)


Payday Loans: The Unite Students Insight Report has revealed that more than 6,000 Scots students are using payday loan in order to cover living and education costs (Herald page 1)


Glasgow University: The University is to press ahead with cuts to its adult education programme (Herald page 8)



Calmac: RMT will meet with Keith Brown MSP in order to try and resolve a dispute over pay, conditions and pensions (National page 11)