Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 9 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.



Income tax: John Swinney has reportedly admitted that he is “considering” increasing income tax in Scotland next year. (Scotsman page 1, Herald, page 6, Daily Record page 10)


The UK Government has reportedly warned the SNP that the Scotland Bill is the only opportunity within this parliament to achieve its aims of giving Holyrood control of greater tax and spending powers. (Scotsman page 5, The Sun page 2)


The SNP has warned the UK Government that the Scotland Bill does not meet the recommendation of the Smith Commission (National page 4, Daily Record page 8)


Ken Macintosh: Labour leadership contender Ken Macintosh has called for arrears for personal and social care bills to be scrapped. (Scotsman page 6 )


EU referendum: David Cameron has reportedly refused to say whether ministers will be able to campaign for the UK to leave the EU during the referendum campaign. (Scotsman page 6, David Maddox in the Scotsman, The Sun page 2, Times page 1. Herald page 2, Daily Telegraph page 1, Philip Johnston in the Daily Telegraph page 20, Financial Times page 3, Editorial Comment Financial Times page 12)


SNP: SNP MPs will vote against the European Union Referendum Bill today in the House of Commons (National page 5)


Nicola Sturgeon: The First Minister’s plea to opposition leaders to unite against budget cuts has reportedly been met with little response (National page 4)


All Women Shortlists: SNP Party members are reportedly revolting over the use of all women’s shortlists for the selection of candidates at next year’s Holyrood Election (National page 6)


Aberdeenshire Council: The Council has a new provost in SNP councillor Hamish Vernal after an SNP-led partnership took control of the authority from a Tory-led alliance. (National page 9, Daily Record page 10)


John Swinney: John Swinney has dismissed planned budget cuts despite the UK Government saying that cuts to the Scotland budget would be substantially less than originally forecast (Daily Telegraph page 8)


Labour: Rachel Sylvester in the Times comments on the Labour Leadership contest. (page 21)


NUS Scotland: NUS Scotland has called on the UK Government not to deport student Majid Ali who is studying at the City of Glasgow College (Herald page 8)


Steel Strike: Scottish Steel workers are to strike over continued disputes over pensions (Daily Record page 2)



Northern Powerhouse: Skills shortages may mean that Chancellor George Osborne’s plans to rebalance the economy may not become a reality (Daily Record page 36, Times page 36)


Austerity: Peter Jones in the Scotsman comments on how the SNP propose to deal with austerity.


Pensions: Falkirk Council have invested £30 million from their pension fund to help build social housing. (Sun page 2, National page 12 )


GMB: GMB Trade Union has become the first trade union in the UK to back shale gas fracking (Sun page 4, Times page 36)


Fiscal Automony: SNP MP Tommy Sheppard has reportedly claimed that fiscal autonomy if implemented immediately would ‘be a disaster’ (Times page 9, Herald page 1, Magnus Gardham in the Herald, Daily Telegraph page 1)




Agency Staff: The NHS in Scotland spent more than £22.5 million on agency staff because of a shortage of full time doctors and nurses (Times page 13, Daily Record page 2)



American schools: At the start of a four-day trip to the USA, Nicola Sturgeon has commented that schools in poor areas of Scotland could learn lessons from Brooklyn in raising standards. (Scotsman page 4)


Aberdeen University: University staff are considering strike action if 150 jobs are lost due to compulsory redundancies (National page 13, Herald page 9)


School Attainment: The Royal Society of Edinburgh called for greater clarity on the Scottish Government’s Education (Scotland) Bill aimed at closing the attainment gap in classrooms (Herald page 6, Daily Record page 2)