Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 10 August 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.


Public ownership: Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has suggested that Labour could resurrect the party’s previous commitment to public ownership of the means of production. (Scotsman page 6, Brian Monteith in the Scotsman, Herald page 6, Mail page 12, Chris Deerin in the Mail, Guardian page 4, Matthew D’Ancona in the Guardian, P&J page 20, Courier page 13)

Ken Macintosh: Scottish Labour leadership contender Ken Macintosh has compared his campaign to Jeremy Corbyn’s as he described himself as the challenger saying things should be done differently. (Scotsman page 7)

Kezia Dugdale: Support for Scottish Labour leadership contender Kezia Dugdale has reportedly fallen after she criticised Jeremy Corbyn. (The National)

TV License: No-one has been jailed in Scotland over the past five years for failing to pay their TV License.  However, 39 people in England and Wales were jailed last year. (Herald page 7)

Liz Kendall: The Guardian profiles Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall.


Prescriptions:  According to official figures, patients with long-term and mental health conditions have saved millions of pounds since the abolition of prescription charges in Scotland.  (Scotsman page 9)

Paramedics: More than 100 ambulance workers have commented in a whistleblowers survey that over-stretched and ill-equipped 999 crews cannot get to some patients in time. (Scotsman page 11, P&J page 15)


Languages: Figures from the SQA have shown a 14% increase in the number of pupils sitting modern languages at Higher level. (Herald page 1)


Spying allegations: Labour has called on the Scottish Government to set out its involvement regarding allegations that Police Scotland has been involved in illegal spying on journalists. (Herald page 6, P&J page 12)