Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 13 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.


Police Scotland: Scotland’s justice secretary Michael Matheson to undertake urgent review of police call-handling procedures after the mismanagement of a car crash last Wednesday. Lesley Riddoch analyses the structural causes of the incident; Labour MSP Graeme Pearson reflects on the opportunity for reform within the Scottish Police; Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie asks for an independent investigation (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Times page 1 and 5, National page 2, Daily Express page 1, Daily Record page 1, Sun pages 1 and 3, Lesley Riddoch in the Scotsman, Graeme Pearson in the Herald, Willie Rennie in the National).

Hunting Act: Labour has called on the SNP to oppose the amendment of foxhunting laws in England and Wales. With Nicola Sturgeon’s opposition to EVEL in the background, David Torrance comments on the change in the SNP’s stance on EVEL in the context of the Hunting Act (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 1, Times page 18, Daily Telegraph page 4, Daily Express page 4, Sunday Times page 5, David Torrance in the Herald).

Nick Clegg: Former Liberal Democrat leader has said that the Lib Dems’ election defeat was the consequence of nationalist sentiments north and south of the border, and has criticised the spending of the Conservative Party during the election campaign (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6, Daily Record page 11).

Labour: Deputy Leadership candidate Tom Watson has targeted the SNP as one of his priorities in the post, promising to travel to Scotland at least once a month to collaborate with Labour MSPs (Scotsman page 9).

David Cameron: PM has set increasing the funding for special forces and other counter-terror capabilities as a priority in the coming Strategic Defence and Security Review (Scotsman page 12, Times page 2, Daily Record page 2).

Army sexism: A new survey commissioned by the army reveals that nearly 40 per cent of servicewomen have received unwanted remarks of a sexual nature in the past year, with almost half of them not making a formal complaint for fear of the consequences (Scotsman page 16, Herald page 1).

Land reform: With the Land Reform Bill about to start parliamentary consideration, it is still not clear whether limits on land ownership will be imposed (Herald page 5).

Independence: Analysis of public pronouncements made by parties in Scotland show that the SNP’s press releases are not as concerned with the constitution as it has been traditionally portrayed. George Kerevan links George Osborne’s budget to new support for independence (Herald page 7, George Kerevan in The National).

Scottish Labour: Leadership candidate Ken Macintosh has called on his opponent Kezia Dugdale to have a live, televised debate. Labour MP Tristam Hunt has called for a Labour split  between Scotland and England, while Alan Cochrane reflects on the future of Labour in Scotland (Herald page 6, Daily Express page 2, Daily Record page 2, Alan Cochrane in The Daily Telegraph).7


Welfare Bill: Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman to accept most measures of the Conservative Welfare Bill. As new research shows the considerable impact that the new Budget will have on Scottish families, Stephen Naysmith comments on the cost of the new Budget on Councils (Scotsman page 9, Herald page 6, National page 1 and 5, Daily Record page 11, Stephen Naysmith in The Herald).

Services sector: Continued economic growth in June is down to the expanding services sector according to a recent survey by the Bank of Scotland, while manufacturing has seen marginal falls in output (National page 23).


Sugar tax: The British Medical Association (BMA) has argued for a 20p tax on sugary drinks as a first step to reduce obesity (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 12, Times page 6, Daily Record page 12).

Drinkers harm: A report from the Institute of Alcohol Studies has warned of the harm experienced by Scots from others’ alcohol consumption (Scotsman page 13, Herald page 11, Times page 18).

Medicine access: New robotic pharmacy kiosks to provide access to medicines in rural areas across Scotland (Scotsman page 17, Herald page 3, Times page 18).

NHS staff shortage: Summer shortages in Scottish NHS staff are leading to increased shift payments to remaining doctors (Scotsman page 16).


Student flats: Edinburgh University’s Principal Timothy O’Shea has warned of the tensions that increasing demand for student accommodation could cause to local communities (Herald page 13).

Local government

Renewable energy: 23 community projects across Scotland have been set up to encourage the use and local ownership of renewable energy (Herald page 5).