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Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 23 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.

Politics
Labour Leadership:
Tony Blair has warned Labour against electing left-wing candidate Jeremy Corbyn. However, the SNP has accused the former Prime Minister of harming his own party with ‘primitive’ policies. (Scotsman page 6-7, Herald page 1, Times page 8-9, Daily Record page 8-9, Daily Express page 14-15, The National page 4-5, Telegraph page 1 and 10, Financial Times page 3, Daily Mail page 8, The Guardian page 7, P&J page 14, Courier page 20-21)

Opinion Poll: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman and Alex Massie in The Times discusses Jeremy Corbyn as a potential Labour leader.

Scottish affairs at Whitehall: David Cameron’s government has identified a “point person” in individual Whitehall departments to deal with Scotland. (Times page 6)

Equality Party: The first leader of a new political party to campaign for women’s rights was announced yesterday. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 6)

Human Rights: Nicola Sturgeon has spoken of the importance of respecting human rights ahead of a mission to China to promote Scottish business. (Scotsman page 9, Daily Express page 11, The National page 2-3, Telegraph page 8, Financial Times page 10, Courier page 14)

Living Wage: Iain Macwhirter in the Herald discusses the living wage and the Welfare Bill.

Independence Referendum: Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, has urged Nicola Sturgeon to “be honest” about whether or not she will commit to holding a second independence referendum in the next five years, in the SNP’s 2016 Holyrood manifest. (Herald page 6)

Economy
Scottish Exports: Scottish exports rose during the first three months of the year, due to a boost in the volume of drinks sold overseas. (Scotsman page 18)

Bankruptcy figures: Experts have warned of an expected rise in bankruptcy in Scotland despite figures being at a 14 year low. (Herald page 4)

Commonwealth Games: The Scottish and Glasgow economy have been boosted by £740m with lasting job benefits as a result of the Commonwealth Games. (Herald page 8, Daily Express page 23, The National page 13, Telegraph page 4)

House Prices: Scotland  leads an increase in house prices across the UK. (Herald page 10, Daily Mail page 19, Courier page 24)

Clyde Shipyard: Jim McColl has announced plans to bring new life into the shipbuilding industry on the Clyde. (Times page 15, Daily Record page 6, Daily Express page 2, Daily Mail page 21, Courier page 17)

Justice 
Police Call Centres: A review of police control rooms following the fatal M9 motorway crash has begun. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 9, The Sun page 15, Daily Express page 2, The National page 14, Telegraph page 4, P&J page 16, Courier page 25)

Health
Asthma UK
: Asthma UK is considering closing its Scottish office due to lack of funding. (Herald page 1)

Transport
Ferry Strikes:
Further ferry strikes have been averted after a deal was made with the Scottish Government. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 3, Daily Express page 6, The National page 13, Telegraph page 8, Courier page 14)

East Lothian and Fife: A new ferry, linking East Lothian and Fife, is to be launched next month. (Scotsman page 15, Herald page 5, Daily Record page 32, Daily Express page 22, Courier page 6)

Local Government
Shetland Fishing Industry:
Fish processors in Shetland are looking to expand abroad after being labelled as “probably” the largest facility for “pelagics” in Northern Europe. (P&J page 12-13)

Pitlochry Tourism: A new £4m Pitlochry dam visitor centre is expected to bring over 100,000 tourists, giving the town an economic boost. (Courier page 2)