Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 28 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.

Lord Sewel: National newspapers today continue coverage of Lord Sewel. (Sun page 1, Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Times page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, National page 6, Daily Express page 7, Press and Journal page 2, Guardian page 8, Daily Mail page 1)

Independence Referendum: First Minster Nicola Sturgeon responded to comments made by Alex Salmond saying that a second independence referendum will not occur unless a majority of Scots support independence whilst Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that the 2014 vote was decisive  (Sun page 2, Daily Record page 2, Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6, Time page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, National page 2, Daily Express page 8, Press and Journal page 12, Daily Mail page 10)

Former SNP Leader Gordon Wilson has urged Nicola Sturgeon to resist calls for a second referendum until research has been conducted on currency, pensions and economic growth (National page 4)

EU Referendum: Prime Minister David Cameron will hold fresh renegotiation discussions in order to secure a renegotiation of Britain’s membership of the EU (Sun page 2, Herald page 2. Times page 4, Financial Times page 2, Daily Express page 2)

Scottish Labour: Both candidates in the leadership election, Kezia Dugdale and Ken Macintosh, have rejected the idea of creating a separate Scottish Labour Party separate from the UK Labour Party whilst stating they would have voted against the Welfare Reform and Work Bill (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 6)

Fracking moratorium: The leadership of the SNP is facing demands from party members to detail what is exactly included in the moratorium as opposition claim that ministers are misleading the public (Herald page 1)

Scottish Liberal Democrats: The Party has been criticised after its sole female MSP Alison McInnes lost her place at top of its regional list for North East Scotland and is likely to lose her seat at next year’s Scottish Parliament Election (National page 2)

Lobbying Register: Plans by the Scottish Government around Lobbying in Scotland have been criticised by the Law Society of Scotland, which has stated that the proposals need to be better defined (National page 5)

Trade Deal: Nicola Sturgeon has announced that 10 Scottish business have signed up to partnership agreements in China which are worth more than £43 million and is set to create 70 jobs in Scotland (Daily Record page 2, Scotsman page 6)

Farming: Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead MSP has announced a national discussion on the future of Scottish Farming in hopes it can achieve a more ‘productive, innovative, profitable and green’ future for farming (National page 13)

Policing: Ian Wiggett the Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police has said that policing in Scotland has become a ‘political football’ as Police Scotland suffers a number of PR disasters (Herald page 3)

EU Referendum: Scotland’s leading universities, which includes Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Strathclyde, are to become part of a new campaign advocating for the UK to stay in the European Union (Scotsman page 11, National page 11)