Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 10 July 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.


EVEL: The Conservative Government have abandoned plans to restrict the voting rights of Scottish MPs after Labour, Plaid Cymru, Liberal Democrats, DUP and SNP were all expected to oppose the proposals (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 1, Daily Telegraph page 4, Times page 2, National page 8, Sun page 4, Press and Jounral page 14, Courier page 22)

Pete Wishart MP comments on the indecision of the UK Government in relation to its EVEL proposal (National page 7)

Greece: The Greek Government has tabled a new bail-out plan worth 54 million euros (Herald page 2, Scotsman page 4, Times page 2, Daily Record page 2, The Guardian page 2)

Tax Credits: Conservative MP Pauline Latham has sparked criticism from SNP MP Eilidh Whiteford after saying people should not be allowed to have more than two children and claim tax credits (Herald page 6)

Labour Leadership: Jeremy Corbyn is to propose setting up a Defence Diversification Agency to help redeploy workers if trident is not renewed (Herald page 6)


Calmac: A 24 hour strike has been suspended following intervention by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after three days of talks between Calmac and RMT failed to reach an agreement (National page 12, Daily Record page 2)


Wind-farm subsidies: Jenny Hogan, director of policy at Scottish Renewables, has urged the UK Government to abandon plans to stop subsidies for the onshore wind industry after claiming that £3 billion worth of investment and 3,000 jobs will be at risk (Scotsman page 9)

Budget: The Institute for Fiscal Studies has said that the plans revealed in Wednesday’s budget will affect the poor the hardest as a result of planned cuts to tax credits and other benefits which outweigh the salary boost of the national living wage (Herald page 6, Scotsman page 8, Daily Telegraph page 4, Times page 17, Financial Times page 2, National page 1, Sun page 4, Press and Journal page 12, The Guardian page 1, Daily Mail page 10)

Fraser Nelson comments on the budget and why tax cuts would work better than a national living wage (Daily Telegraph page 16)

Analysis of the effects of the budget should allow Labour to argue its case that families would be worse off it is claimed (Financial Times page 2)

Former Chancellor Alistair Darling has reportedly said that Labour are ‘in complete disarray’ over their response to the budget (Sun page 4)

George Osborne has claimed that his budget is ‘the new centre of British politics’ and that his plans for welfare cuts and the national living wage represent a ‘new settlement’ with Britain (Daily Express page 2)

John Swinney has said that the budget missed the opportunity to take more action to improve the fortunes of the Oil and Gas Sector (Press and Journal page 12)

Young’s: 900 workers could lose their jobs after fish firm Young’s revealed that their factories at Fraserburgh and Grantown are likely to close due to restructuring plans (Sun  page 4, Daily Express page 2, Press and Journal page 2)


 NHS Scotland: A report by the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges in Scotland has warned that clinical workers and managers are putting patients at risk by failing to work together and that a culture change is needed in the NHS to remove systemic failings (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 12, Times page 5, Sun page 4, Daily Record page 2, Daily Express page 4, Press and Journal page 8, Courier page 22)

Organ Donation: Public Health Minister Maureen Watt MSP has revealed a new donor register which will, for the first time, allow people to make clear if they do not want their organs used (Daily Express page 4, Press and Journal page 15)


Car Crash: Politicians have called for an independent inquiry into why police failed to respond to a car crash for three days which left Lamara Bell seriously injured and in a coma (Daily Telegraph page 1, National page 8, Sun page 1, Daily Record page 1, Press and Journal page 10, Courier page 1, Guardian page 4)


EU Students: Academic unions have called on Scottish Government ministers to monitor applications from students from the rest of Europe after they fear this could place greater pressure on Scottish students to gain a university place (Herald page 9)

Acting Minister for Young People Fiona McLeod MSP has welcomed figures released by UCAS showing that 43,720 Scottish students have applied for university which is a 2% increase from last year (Scotsman page 16)