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Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 7 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

Greece: Greece has been warned it has ‘one last chance’ to agree to a proposal on its debt or risk leaving the Euro (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 1, Financial Times page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, Sun page 8, Times page 1, Daily Record page 10, National page 2, Press and Journal page 18)

Ed Conway comments on Greek financial decisions (Times page 23)

Cat Boyd comments on the Greek referendum result (National page 2)

Devolution: A public discussion on how new powers should be used by Holyrood to help the disabled and unemployed has been launched (Herald page 5, Scotsman page 6)

SNP MPs have backed abortion laws being devolved to Holyrood despite concerns from women’s and human rights groups (Herald page 6, Scotsman page 1, Daily Record page 12. National page 4, Press and Journal page 13)

EVEL: UK Ministers will have to defend their proposals for English votes for English Laws after a debate was secured by Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael (Herald page 6, Scotsman page 6, Times page 1, National page 4, Press and Journal page 15)

Conservative MP Chris Grayling made the error of suggesting that the Scotland Bill could only be voted on by English MPs (Sun page 4)

UK Budget: Peter Jones comments on the UK Government’s use of taxation (Scotsman page 19)

Cuts to tax credits are likely to hit ethnic minorities disproportionately analysis from the Financial Times has revealed (Financial Times page 2)

There is speculation that George Osborne may cut the top rate of tax in tomorrow’s budget after it has been reported he has ordered a further review into the policy (Daily Express page 2)

Rachel Sylvester comments on the upcoming budget (Times page 21)

Alistair Carmichael: A legal challenge to the election of Alistair Carmichael is to be heard in the Court of Session tomorrow (Times page 2)

General Election: Analysis by polling company Survation has revealed that a late swing by voters in England to the Conservatives based on the increasing worry of a Labour Government supported by the SNP was important to the Conservatives winning an overall majority (Daily Record page 12)

Sturgeon Memo: The Daily Telegraph has been criticised for its ‘significantly misleading’ story during the general election campaign suggesting Nicola Sturgeon wanted a Conservative Government  by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (National page 4, Press and Journal page 14)

Forth Road Bridge: Villagers at the foot of the Fort Rail Bridge have expressed concern that they are not prepared for tourists after the bridge was given UNESCO World Heritage Status (Herald page 5)

7/7: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair recalls the moment he first heard about the London terror attacks in a meeting with world leaders at Gleneagles (Herald page 1, Scotsman page 9, Press and Journal page 17)

Economy

RBS:  Chancellor George Osborne is reportedly planning to sell off half of the Government’s share in RBS by 2017 (Herald page 2, Daily Record page 4, National page 14)

Fishing: Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation, has warned the Scottish Government that new management measures for marine protected areas will threaten the livelihoods of coastal communities on the west coast (Herald page 1)

Air Passenger Duty: Polling company ComRes has revealed that more than half of MPs, especially Conservative and Labour MPs, believe a cut to APD in Scotland would be unfair to travellers in the rest of the UK (Herald page 5)

Energy: The Competition and Markets Authority has concluded that consumers are paying ‘more for their energy than they need to’ and will outline measures which will encourage consumers to switch between suppliers (Financial Times page 2)

Tullis Russell: A Scottish Government task force has been established to discuss plans on how to use a £6 million plan to combat job losses to the Fife economy as a result of Tullis Russell entering administration (National page 11)

Technip: An offshore oil company which employs 1,000 in the North Sea has announced it will cut 6,000 jobs worldwide (Press and Journal page 1)

Justice

Prisoner Voting: Scottish Labour leadership contender Ken Macintosh MSP has reportedly said that some prisoners should be allowed to vote (Scotsman page 13)

Speed Limits: Police in Scotland have secured new powers to issue formal warnings to drivers caught over the speed limit (Daily Express page 4, Daily Telegraph page 1, Sun page 6)

Health

NHS Fife: Nicola Sturgeon joined NHS Fife Chief Executive Paul Hawkins for a sod-cutting ceremony to mark the building on a new psychiatric care unit worth £4.4 million in Cupar (Herald page 6, Sun page 4)

Hospital Closures: The Scottish Government has come under scrutiny on its health policy after two children’s wards at two hospitals were forced to close due to staff shortages (Daily Express page 6, Times page 5)

National Conversation: A new initative, inspired by the levels of engagement during the independence referendum, has been launched to develop a 15-year blueprint to change the NHS in Scotland by Health Secretary Shona Robison MSP (National page 10)

Education

Student Bursaries: MSPs are to investigate the impact that student loans, grants and bursaries can have on encouraging young people to study at college or university (Herald page 2)

Transport

Winchburgh Tunnel: Transport Secretary Derek Mackay has said that rail engineering works at the tunnel remain on schedule (Herald page 3)

Abellio: The Scottish Government is under increased pressure to intervene to prevent disruption to Sunday train services after Union officials accused Abellio of approaching the ongoing dispute with its staff like ‘industrial relations of the 1970s’’ (National page 6)

Local Government

Children in Care: Lawyers from the Govan Law Centre have written to Education Secretary Angela Constance MSP to force councils to improve the way they educate children who are in care (Herald page 9)

Community Councils: East Renfrewshire Council has been accused by Conservative MSP Jackson Carlaw of a ‘vindictive strike against local democracy’ after introducing new rules which affect the organisation of community councils (Herald page 11)