Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 20 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.



Islamic State:  PM David Cameron to announce a five-year strategy to deal with Islamic extremism in the UK. George Kerevan comments on a direct UK intervention against IS (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, National pages 1-2, Sun page 2, George Kerevan in The National)

European Union: A recent poll by Panelbase revealed that 66 per cent of Scots want to remain in the EU (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 6, National page 5, Daily Express page 2, Sunday Times pages 1-2).

Labour: As the leadership contest continues, leadership contenders Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall have ruled out having Jeremy Corbyn in their frontbench team. Lesley Riddoch comments on Jeremy Corbyn’s chances as a leadership contender (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 6, Lesley Riddoch in The Scotsman).

Scottish Labour: Scottish deputy leadership candidate Richard Baker has argued for a UK-wide constitutional convention, while opposing the split of Scottish Labour from its English counterpart. Andrew Nicoll reflects on the lack of vision within Scottish Labour (Scotsman page 6, Andrew Nicoll in The Sun).

SNP: New Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has warned of the SNP’s recent policies due to their restriction of civil liberties and their politicisation of the police force. David Torrance comments on the increasing self-satisfaction among the SNP ranks, and Alex Massie on the SNP’s shift of attention from Holyrood to Westminster (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6, National pages 4-5, Sun page 4, David Torrance in The Herald, Alex Massie in The Sunday Times).

Police Scotland: After the announcement of plans to limit the number of call centres earlier this year, hundreds of staff members had registered for last January’s redundancy drive. Police Scotland deputy chief Rose Fitzpatrick has called for an increase in female officers, while Scottish Labour’s justice spokesman Hugh Henry has claimed the force is in crisis. (Scotsman page 14, Herald page 4, Daily Telegraph page 6, Daily Record page 2, Sunday Times page 7).

Free childcare: Six major children’s charities are calling on Holyrood parties to implement the findings of the McLean Commission on Childcare Reform, in an attempt to redesign the childcare system (Herald page 1)

Sustainable Development: A new pledge by the UN to reduce poverty and inequality worldwide has been backed by the Scottish Government, being among the first countries to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 6).

 Welfare: SNP ministers are to meet with Scottish Secretary David Mundell to discuss the transfer of welfare powers to Holyrood in the context of George Osborne’s budget, which the SNP has said will hit vulnerable women hardest (Times page 20, Daily Record page 2).

International Aid: International Development Minister Desmond Swayne praised Scotland’s contribution to the UK’s international aid effort (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 3).


Economic growth: According to the Bank of Scotland’s Report on Jobs, job seekers and job vacancies in Scotland increased last month, while permanent starting salaries rose. (Scotsman page 8).

Property Tax: The Edinburgh Solicitors’ Property Centre has revealed a fall in average property prices between April and June 2015, following the introduction of the land and buildings transaction tax (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 9).



Organ donations: A new report by NHS Blood and Transplant is calling for potential donors after the first fall in donations in more than a decade (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 7).

First Aid: British Red Cross is launching a new campaign with the aim of teaching first aid skills to parents across Scotland (Scotsman page 13).

Well-being: The Scottish Government has established a fund to promote exercise among physically inactive people across Scotland (Herald page 13).



Child guardian: Police Scotland has submitted evidence to the Scottish Government pressing it to scrap their state guardian scheme (Daily Telegraph page 1).


Local government

Voluntary care: NHS Fife has launched a voluntary care scheme, which could be expanded throughout the country, in which relatives and carers of patients can enrol to help out in hospitals (Herald page 7).

Local abattoirs: A project to safeguard abattoirs on remote Scottish islands set up by the Prince of Wales has been launched with the aim of protecting local agriculture, jobs and businesses (Herald page 11).



Car parks: A new campaign by Citizens Advice Scotland stresses the unclear legal situation surrounding private car parks in Scotland, and encourages drivers to legally challenge unfair tickets issued by private car parks (Herald page 9).