Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 6 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.



Greece: EU leaders to meet after decisive No vote supporting the Greek Government’s position.  As Greece’s finance minister resigns, his German counterpart sees Grexit as the least-bad solution. David Torrance comments on the SNP’s stance on Greece and Europe, while Tony Barber warns about the widening fissures in Greek society  (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Times page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, Financial Times pages 1 and 6, National pages 1-2, Daily Express page 9, Sun page 1, David Torrance in The Herald, Tony Barber in The Financial Times).

Islamic State: SNP’s foreign affairs spokesman Alex Salmond asks for better coordination in diplomatic efforts to tackle Islamic State (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 4, Sun page 1).

BBC: George Osborne tells BBC to reduce its ambitions while announcing cuts to BBC budget (Times page 1, Financial Times page 2, Daily Record page 4, Sun page 2, Sunday times page 1)

Labour: Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership bid boosted after winning support from Unite, the UK’s biggest trade union (Herald page 6, Daily Record page 4, Sun page 4).

Nicola Sturgeon: Gillian Bowditch reflects on the First Minister’s popularity in the context of Scottish politics after she came first in BBC Radio Four’s female power list (Gillian Bowditch in the Sunday Times)

Tommy Sheridan: Former Scottish Socialist Party convener to run for MSP with his new party, Solidarity (Herald page 6).

Alistair Carmichael: A survey found that only a third of Scotland’s Lib Dem voters still support the former Scottish Secretary and Scotland’s only Lib Dem MP after Frenchgate incident (National page 6).

Scottish opposition: Andrew Nicoll comments on the future of the Labour and the Conservative parties in Scotland (Andrew Nicoll in the Sun).

IPSO adjudication: The Independent Press Standards Organisation has upheld Nicola Sturgeon’s complaint to the Daily Telegraph for breaching the accuracy clause in “Sturgeon’s secret support for Cameron” article (Daily Telegraph page 2).


UK Budget: A report by Holyrood’s welfare reform committee warns of the impact that George Osborne’s Budget could have on women, due to the cumulative effect of multiple benefit cuts. Meanwhile, the SNP has warned of the potential negative impact of cutting social housing benefits. In response, Holyrood’s welfare reform committee are looking for Scots to give first-hand testimony of their experiences as part of the Your Say sessions. Brian Monteith comments on Labour, tax rates, and the Budget (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6, Times page 14, Financial Times page 2, National page 6, Daily Express page 7, Daily Record page 9, Brian Monteith in The Scotsman).

Oil industry: After the global fall in oil price, the Scottish oil and gas industry asks for additional support in the 2015 Budget (Scotsman page 6-7).

Wind power: Output rises in June and doubles last year’s figure, generating the equivalent of 33 per cent of Scotland’s electricity needs for the month according to WeatherEnergy (Scotsman page 15, Herald page 5).


Speeding warnings: A new pilot scheme gives Police Scotland the right to issue formal warnings to speeders, with the aim of preventing illegal risk-taking on the road (Herald page 1).

Abortion law: A coalition of Scottish-based women’s and human rights organisations have raised fears that devolving abortion could lead to tougher laws (Herald page 6).


Caesarean operations: Gillian Smith, director of the Royal College of Midwives, has called for NHS boards to explain the 80 per cent rise of non-emergency caesarean operations between 1998 and 2012 (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 3).

Children’s mental health: Organisations caring for vulnerable young people are calling for an increase in the NHS’s budget for young people with mental health problems of up to one per cent of the budget (Herald page 12).

Foreign nurses: After the closing down of St John’s Hospital’s children ward, the Scottish Government has promised to recruit foreign medical staff to deal with the recruitment crisis in the NHS (Herald page 12, Times page 14).


Fossil fuels’ divestment: Ferdinand von Prondzynski, principal at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, has criticised students and staff campaigns encouraging Scottish universities to divest from fossil fuels (Herald page 5).

Software academy: The coding school CodeClan plans to create a software skills academy in Scotland, working with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and with the support of Deputy First Minister John Swinney (Herald page 12).


ScotRail: Ongoing pay negotiations between new ScotRail franchise holders Abelio and the Aslef drivers’ union disrupted Sunday service (Scotsman page 9,Herald page 11).

China flights: Edinburgh and Glasgow airports have both launched initiatives to establish direct flights between Scotland and China, in an attempt to expand Scotland’s link with Asia (Herald page 7).