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Reform Scotland News: 31 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
Donald Trump: Republican Presidential contender Donald Trump yesterday commented that it would be “ridiculous” if there was a second Scottish independence referendum. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 3, Guardian page 1, P&J page 18, The National)

Wind farm: The Scottish Government has rejected plans for a controversial £120 million wind farm proposal which it believed would scar the Cairngorms National Park. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 8, Mail page 7, The National)

Nigel Farage: Ukip leader Nigel Farage has backed holding the EU referendum in April or June 2016, close to the Scottish Parliament election. (Scotsman page 12, Herald page 6, Courier page 25)

Labour Party: Scottish Labour MP Ian Murray has commented that Labour should learn a lesson from the crisis which faced Hearts when it faced near extinction. (Scotsmanpage 14, Herald page 6, Courier page 23, The National)

UK Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham has pledged to give the Scottish party more autonomy within weeks if he wins the contest. (Herald page 1, Michael Settle in the Herald)

Economy
Pay equality: Fiscal Affairs Scotland has found that the gap in pay between men and women in Scotland is widening despite closing elsewhere in the UK. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 10, Mail page 1)

Average tax pay: According to the TaxPayers’ Alliance the average British family pays £734,240 in tax over the course of a lifetime. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 7, Mail page 22)

Oil jobs: Royal Dutch Shell and Centrica have announced they are cutting more than 10,500 jobs. (Herald page 9, Mail page 2, P&J page 1)