Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 3 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 Conservative party has been heavily criticised by opposition parties after revealing a much stronger system of English votes for English laws than expected. English MPs will gain the veto over English matters, and an unprecedented ‘double majority’ of English and UK MPs will be required on certain policies. The SNP have accused the UK government of creating ‘second-class MPs’ and hastening another independence referendum, and the Father of the House warned that the reforms could ‘destroy’ British democracy. (Times page 1, Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Daily Record page 1, FT page 2, National page 2, Guardian page 8, P&J page 18, Daily Mail page 19.)


Syria strikes: Labour are considering backing a potential Commons vote on airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, which would leave the SNP as the only party in opposition. The President of the Muslim Youth League has warned Defence Secretary Michael Fallon that strikes would cause a ‘backlash’. (Daily Express page 1, FT page 3, Times page 4, Guardian page 4, National page 4, Daily Mail page 4, Telegraph page 4, Scotsman page 8, P&J page 15, Courier page 22.)


Reform Scotland: Former Labour MP Tom Harris, former Liberal Democrat policy convener Siobhan Mathers  and SNP councillor Paul McLennan are among four new appointments to the advisory board of think tank Reform Scotland. (Scotsman page 7, Courier.)


Alistair Carmichael: The Orkney and Shetland MP, who admitted responsibility for a leaked memo claiming Nicola Sturgeon wanted David Cameron to win the general election, is to face legal challenges to his position in Edinburgh. (Sun page 2, National page 3, Herald page 8,Scotsman page 14, P&J page 18, Courier page 13.)


Benefit sanctions: The Church of Scotland has joined charities and churches calling for an independent review into benefit sanctions, days after the House of Commons Work and Pensions committee likewise called for an inquiry. (Herald page 1.)


Labour leadership: SNP MP for Edinburgh East and former Labour member Tommy Sheppard has said that a new leader will not be enough to save Labour in Scotland, which ‘no longer needs’ the party. (National page 11.)



BP Oil spill: BP is to pay a £12 billion legal settlement, the largest paid by a single company in US history, to cover the effects of 2010’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which was one of the worst environmental disasters in US history. The move will significantly strengthen the company’s credit profile, while environmentalists say the pay-out does not go far enough. (Times page 1, Herald page 1, Daily Mail page 2, Scotsman page 7, Guardian page 30, Courier page 37.)


BBC cuts: The BBC is to cut 1,000 jobs and restructure its management due to a £150 million shortfall in its licence fee income, as over half of young viewers turn to online streaming over live TV. (FT page 4, Scotsman page 11, Herald page 11, Daily Mail page 18, Courier page 24.)


Turbines cancelled: Plans for an offshore wind turbine factory which would have brought hundreds of jobs to Fife have fallen through after the main investor, Samsung Heavy Industries, pulled out. (Courier page 2, Herald page 3)



Terminal care: Holyrood has launched an inquiry into end-of-life care in Scotland, in order to improve overall accessibility and quality. (Scotsman page 17, Herald page 5.)


NHS 24: John Turner, chief executive of NHS 24, is to step down after seven years with the organisation. (Herald page 7, Scotsman page 8.)



Clare’s law: ‘Clare’s law’, which allows people to check whether their partners have a history of domestic abuse and gives the police the power to warn those they feel to be at risk, is to be extended across Scotland following the success of the law in a trial run. (Herald page 4.)



Named person: Scotland’s largest teaching union has voiced concerns that teachers who become state-appointed guardians to pupils under the Named Person scheme will face unmanageable workloads during the holidays. Scottish Labour contender Ken McIntosh is also calling for a review. (Telegraph page 1, Herald page 5, P&J page 11.)


Inequality fund: Seven Scottish councils are to share more than £11 million from the new Attainment Scotland Fund in order to tackle educational inequality. (Sun page 2, Herald page 6, Courier page 13.)


Exam bail-out: Scotland’s exam body has appealed to ministers for a £5 million bail-out due to the rising cost of new qualifications associated with the Curriculum for Excellence, following a £2 million bail-out last year. (Herald page 9.)


Local Government

Glasgow council: Reports have emerged showing almost half of Glasgow council’s Labour group have signed a petition calling for leader Gordon Matheson to resign earlier than his planned departure in February. (National page 10.)