Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 16 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 issue of English votes for English legislation was debated in the House of Commons yesterday. (Scotsman page 1, Times page 8, Sun page 2, Jenny Hjul in the Herald page 11, P&J page 12, Courier page 14)

Lib Dem leadership:  The result of the Lib Dem leadership contest to replace Nick Clegg will be announced today.  The two candidates are Norman Lamb and Tim Farron. (Scotsman page 5, Financial Times page 2)

Scotland Bill: Scottish Secretary David Mundell has reportedly pledged to bring major changes to the Scotland Bill, though has refused to say what the changes will be.  (Scotsman page 4, Sun page 2, Telegraph page 1, Daily Express page 2, Herald page 1, Daily Mail page 4, P&J page 13)

Labour leadership: The New Statesmen has commented that private polling suggests Jeremy Corbyn will top the first ballot of the Labour leadership contest.  Ladbrokes has cut his chances as emerging as leader to 5-1. (Scotsman page 7, Times page 1, Telegraph page 2, Herald page 2, Daily Mail page 8, Guardian page 3)

 Opinion poll: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments on the latest Survation poll for Holyrood which indicated that the SNP had a 36 per cent lead over Labour for the constituency vote.


Poverty: The Institute of Fiscal Studies has commented that 63 per cent of children living in poverty live in a working family, up from 54 per cent in 2009/10. (Scotsman page 6, Telegraph page 3, Financial Times page 3, Guardian page 4, Courier page 13)

Unemployment: Unemployment in Scotland fell by 15,000 between March and May 2015.  However, the number of people out of work across the UK increased for the first time in more than two years. (Scotsman page 16, Sun page 2, Daily Express page 2, Herald page 7, Daily Mail page 1, Courier page 16)

Fracking: The SNP are reportedly under pressure to set out its views on fracking after Jim Radcliffe, chairman of Ineos, commented that he had been told privately that the Scottish Government was not opposed to his fracking plans. (Times page 1, Telegraph page 4, Financial Times page 3, Daily Express page 9, Herald page 6)

Pensions: Chris Giles in the Financial Times discusses on Osborne’s pension plan. (Page 13)

Food Banks: A Glasgow MP has urged the UK government to instigate a review into the increasing number of people dependent on food banks. (Herald page 6)

Scottish Gas: Scottish Gas has announced it is to cut household bills by 5% in response to falling energy costs. (Herald page 10)


Travel for treatment: Almost 100,000 Scottish patients reportedly had to travel outside their local area for hospital treatment last year. (Scotsman page 17, Herald page 7)

Obesity: Experts have revealed a plan to use Scotland’s golf courses to help people keep fit. (Herald page 8)


Scottish Highers: Scotland’s exam body has been inundated with complaints from pupils, schools and MSPs over ‘impossible’ Higher papers. (Daily Mail page 6)


Police call centre: There were reportedly high sickness and overtime rates at the police call centre in the month leading up to the tragedy on the M9 which led to the deaths of two people. (Scotsman page 1, Times page 21, Sun page 13, Herald page 5, Daily Mail page 9, Courier page 26)


Road Bans: There has been an increase in Scots aged between 17 and 25 who have had their driving license revoked. (Daily Mail page 12)

Local Government

Paisley Raid: Police have raided a property in Paisley which saw the FBI shut down an online forum, described as a ‘grave threat’ to cyber-security. (Herald page 3, Courier page 25)

Fife Regeneration Scheme: Fife council has signalled its support for a revamp of Rosyth waterfront, which could support up to 3,500 new jobs. (Herald page 7)

All-female Council: Orkney has claimed a first in Scotland with an all-female fight in a council by-election. (Herald page 9)

Fraserburgh: Nicola Sturgeon was last night challenged to “repay a debt” to the people of Fraserburgh and help save hundreds of jobs at Young’s Seafood, as plans to shut its factory were unveiled. (P&J page 8)

Dundee Bin Collections: Weekly bin collections in Dundee are to be axed from November, and replaced with fortnightly lifts. (Courier page 1)