Reform Scotland News: 27 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
Lord Sewel: Lord Sewel is reportedly facing a police investigation over a video allegedly showing him taking drugs with prostitutes.  He has also stepped down as Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Mail page 1, P&J page 1, Courier page 13, Guardian page 4)

Second referendum:  Alex Salmond has commented that a second independence referendum was inevitable. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 1, Mail page 10, Alex Massie in the Mail, P&J page 13, The National)

EU referendum:  The SNP has criticized proposals that the EU referendum could be held in June 2016, just weeks after the Scottish Parliament election. (Scotsman page 7 ,The National)

Jeremy Corbyn:  Neil Findlay MSP, who is running Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership campaign in Scotland, has been accused of encouraging individuals belonging to far-left groups to join the Labour party to help Mr Corbyn win. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6, Mail page 8)

Holyrood: Lesley Riddoch in the Scotsman discusses whether the public is engaging with Scottish politics as much as was expected post-referendum.

BBC: David Torrance in the Herald comments on the BBC.

Full fiscal autonomy: David Eiser in the Herald discusses whether the Scottish public wants full fiscal autonomy. 

Economy
Attitudes to business: Brian Monteith in the Scotsman comments on the different  attitudes to business north and south of the Border.

Oil: Oil and Gas UK has warned that more than 5,500 jobs have been lost in the North Sea energy industry since oil prices began to fall a year ago and more could go in coming years. (Herald page 1)

Budget: The UK Government’s budget could risk widening Britain’s racial divide by making millions of minority ethnic people poorer at a faster rate than their white counterparts according to a study by the Runnymede Trust.  (Guardian page 1)

Education

Glass floor:  Children from wealthier families but less academic are 35% more likely to become high earners than more gifted children from poorer families according to a report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission. (Scotsman page 14)