Reform Scotland News: 30 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.

Labour Leadership:
Jeremy Corbyn has been endorsed by public sector union, Unison. (Herald page 1, National page 4, Times page 1-2, Daily Record page 2, Telegraph page 2, Financial Times page 2, Daily Mail page 6, Guardian page 1-2, P&J page 15, Courier page 14)

Scottish Labour: Shadow Scottish Secretary, Ian Murray, is to make a speech today advising Scottish Labour to move on to a new generation to revive its success. (Scotsman page 7, Times page 2, Telegraph page 5, Daily Express page 2, Courier page 14)

Lord Sewel:  Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman and Iain Macwhirter in the Herald discusses the Lord Sewel scandal. (National page 8)

Scottish Islands: The Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, is to confirm a commitment to hand more powers to island communities. (Herald page 4, P&J page 12)

Clegg Rejection: Nick Clegg has refused a position in Tim Farron’s frontline team, which aims to lead the “Liberal Democrat Fightback”. (Herald page 6, Telegraph page 8, Guardian page 10)

Alistair Carmichael: Alistair Carmichael has been given a key role as home affairs spokesman by new Liberal Democrats leader, Tim Farron. (National page 2)

Conservative welfare review: New welfare plans are being considered by Iain Duncan Smith, which will affect those with drug, alcohol and weight problems. (National page 3, Daily Record page 9)

Fracking: The SNP has been urged to hold a fracking debate at the party’s conference. (Herald page 6, Daily Record page 2)

SNP: Alex Massie in The Times discusses his perspective on the SNP.

Fire and Rescue: The Scottish Fire and Rescue service is facing the threat of industrial action by workers in a dispute over pay and working conditions. (Herald page 7, Times page 13)

It has been revealed that less than half of single homeless people in Scotland are found a home when they ask for help. (Scotsman page 9)

North Sea Strikes: North Sea oil workers have threatened to strike after plans to change shifts and terms and conditions were rejected. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 3, Daily Mail page 2, P&J page 1, Courier page 8)

Business debt: The number of business debt judgements recorded in Scotland has risen sharply. (Scotsman page 17)

Rent Controls: Campaigners calling for a major overhaul of the private rental sector will today submit a petition to Holyrood, urging MSPs to bring back rent controls. (Nationalpage 10)

British Transport Police:
The Scottish Government has been urged to drop plans to bring British Transport Police north of the border under the control of Police Scotland. (Scotsman page 10, National page 6, Daily Express page 9)

Human Trafficking: Landlords are being recruited by the police and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre to fight the war on human trafficking, following new UK legislation. (Herald page 5)

Alcohol Minimum Pricing: A study by Napier University has suggested that the introduction of a minimum price per unit of alcohol of 50p would avoid heavy drinkers “trading down” to cheap but high-alcohol drinks. (Scotsman page 15, Herald page 6, P&J page 16)

Rail Delays:
The Transport Focus watchdog has called for greater transparency following a series of Scottish rail lines bring shut down by storm warnings. (Scotsmanpage 17)

Tuition Fees:
It has been revealed that lower numbers of Scottish students are attending university in England due to the increased tuition fees in England. (Heraldpage 4)