Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 14 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.


Welfare Cuts: An official report has revealed that 300,000 disabled people across the UK were placed in ‘absolute poverty’ during the final year of the previous Coalition Government (Daily Record page 2)


Harriet Harman: The Acting leader of the Labour Party has faced backlash from fellow Labour MPs after suggesting that Labour would not oppose the UK Government’s proposal to limit tax credits to the first two children (Daily Record page 2, Scotsman page 7, Times page 15, Financial Times page 4, National page 4, Press and Journal page 13, Guardian page 4)


Empty Homes: The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership has ensured that 558 homes which have been lying empty and unused, which are worth a total of £93 million, are being used again (Daily Record page 2, Scotsman page 10, Herald page 6)


Tax: A Survation poll has reported only 9% of Scots want MSPs to increase taxes when tax-raising powers are devolved to Holyrood, 26% want them to be cut whilst 42% think they should stay the same as the rest of the UK (Daily Record page 6, Press and Journal page 12)


Calmac: Polls have revealed that 66% of Scots support the recent campaign to keep Caledonain MacBrayne in public ownership (Daily Record page 6, Herald page 4, National page 12, Press and Journal page 12)


Fox-hunting: SNP MPs will vote against the UK Government’s bid to relax the ban on fox-hunting in England and Wales (Daily Record page 6, Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Sun page 2, Times page 7, Daily Telegraph page 1, National page 5, Daily Mail page 4)



Financial Stability: Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney is to due to appear before the House of Commons Treasury Committee to answer questions on the economic prospects of the UK Economy (Herald page 6)


Jobs: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has revealed that almost 10,000 jobs in Scotland were created or were supported by foreign investment last year as the number of inward investment projects increased by 17% last year (Herald page 6, Times page 14)


Gender pay: Under new rules companies with more than 250 employees will have to publish the differences in pay between male and female workers as a way to improve women’s wages, Prime Minster David Cameron has announced (Financial Times page 6, Daily Express page 2, Daily Telegraph page 1, Herald page 6, Guardian page 1, Daily Mail page 4)



Police Scotland: Sir Stephen House has stated that he will not resign from his position as Chief Constable over the handling of the car crash which left Lamara Bell trapped in her car for three days. (Daily Telegraph page 1, Times page 4, Sun page 1, Herald page 5, Scotsman page 1, Daily Record page 5, Daily Express page 6, National page 6, Press and Journal page 11)


Alan Cochrane comments on Police Scotland and their handling of the car crash (Daily Telegraph page 4)