Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 4 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.



Charles Kennedy: Tributes were paid to Charles Kennedy in the House of Commons yesterday. (Scotsman page 1, Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman, Times page 15, The Sun page 16, Daily Record page 4, Daily Express page 7, The Herald page 7, The Daily Telegraph page 4, The Guardian page 8, Press and Journal page 12, Daily Mail page 11 )


Kezia Dugdale: Former Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont has backed Kezia Dugdale to replace Jim Murphy as Scottish Labour leader. (Scotsman page 8, The Courier page 14)


Ken Macintosh: Ken Macintosh has commented that the Scottish Labour Party would “stop SNP bashing” and work more with the nationalists if he is elected as the new Scottish Labour leader. (Scotsman page 8, Times page 2, The National page 10, Daily Record page 11, Daily Express page 2, Daily Mail page 6)


Liz Kendall: David Aaronovitch in the Times backs Liz Kendall to replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader. (page 25)


Scotland Bill: Alex Massie in the Times comments on the new Scotland Bill, which is based on the Smith Commission. (page 27)


Paul Kavanagh in The National comments on the difficulty of reading the new devolution bill and the need for clarity in the wording as a result. (page 14)


Qatar human rights: Nicola Sturgeon has reportedly come under pressure to speak out against human rights abuses in Qatar ahead of Scotland’s football match tomorrow. (The National page 7)


Living Wage: The Scottish Government has now officially fulfilled the accreditation process for paying the living wage. (Daily Record page 2)


Scottish immigration policy: Smith Commission provisions could mean that UK rules on the rights of EU migrants may not apply to Scotland, reportedly making Scotland a much more appealing place for migrants to settle. (The Herald page 2)


EU exit veto: Nicola Sturgeon has joined with the First Minister of Wales in calling for the need for a provision in any EU referendum that would let any nation in the UK veto an exit if their public have not agreed with the result. (The Herald page 6)

Orange Order: Iain Macwhirter in the Herald feels that banning the Orange Walk would not be the right response and instead feels that a reformation of the Orangemen from a sectarian division to a celebration of the Protestant culture would be more positive.


Coulson trial: Judge Lord Burns has upheld a defence motion that Andy Coulson had no case to answer with regard to the accusation of perjury because the prosecution had not demonstrated that Mr Coulson’s evidence had been relevant in Tommy Sheridan’s trial in 2010.  (Scotsman page 1, James Chalmers in the Scotsman, Times page 1, The National page 2, The Sun page 21, Daily Record page 14, Daily Express page 9, The Herald page 1, The Daily Telegraph page 4, The Guardian page 9, Press and Journal page 17, The Courier page 2, Daily Mail page 5)


Police VAT: Top police officers are calling for the government to get rid of a costly VAT tax bill that is only enforced on forces in Scotland. (The Sun page 12)


Legal Highs: A shop in Aberdeen that sells legal highs will be the first of its kind to be shut down due to its links to anti-social behaviour. (Daily Record page 2, The Sun page 20)


Local Government

Council finances: A watchdog has warned that public services in East Dunbartonshire will be affected if a £23 million hole in its finances is not solved. (The Herald page 5)



NHS: The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland and the Royal College of Nursing have called for changes to targets, more public debate, new ways of delivering care and better collaboration between health professionals. (Scotsman page 18, Times page 9, The National page 13, The Sun page 2, Daily Record page 4, Daily Express page 4, The Herald page 8)


Cardiovascular disease: Figures show that Scotland is the worst affected country in the UK for cardiovascular diseases (The Herald page 1)



Early years’ provision: The Scottish Government is to convene an expert group to examine how many children are missing out on their entitlement to 600 hours of government-funded nursery provision. (Scotsman page 6)


Universities:  Opposition parties have accused the Scottish Government of being “hell bent on meddling” in the running of Scottish universities. (Scotsman page 10)



Borders Railway: Talks have taken place on the possible extension of the new Borders railway as far as Carlisle. (The Herald page 7)