Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 12 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.

Cost of raising a child:
A report by the Child Poverty Action Group has said that the cost of raising a child to 18 has reached £150,000. (Scotsman page 3)

Labour leadership: A YouGov poll has found Jeremy Corbyn to have a 32% lead over his next rival, with 53% of support in the Labour leadership contest. (Scotsman page 6, National page 4, Express page 2, FT page 1, Guardian page 1, John McDonnell in the Guardian, Courier page 15)

Jeremy Corby will be making appearances at four rallies in Scotland this week. (Herald page 7, P&J page 13)

Profile piece on Jeremy Corbyn in the Guardian.

T in the Park: The Scottish Government has come under pressure to explain why it agreed to pay a £150,000 grant to T in the Park. (Scotsman page 19, Herald page 3, Mail page 11)

Scottish Labour: Andrew Whitaker in the Scotsman comments on the Scottish Labour leadership contest.

EU referendum: Alex Salmond has commented that he will launch a bid in the House of Commons next month to ensure that the EU referendum doesn’t clash with the Holyrood election. (Sun page 8)

100 days: Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh in the National comments on the SNP’s 100 days since the general election.

Holyrood: Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph comments on a recent opinion poll which put the SNP on 62% for the Scottish Parliament elections. (page 11)

Michelle Mone
: Business leaders have reportedly criticised the appointment of Michelle Mone as the UK Government’s start-up csar. (Herald page 1, David Leask in the Herald)

London: SNP MP Stewart McDonald has commented that London should not be regarded as a “great, big evil thing” but a source of economic opportunity for Scotland. (Herald page 1)

Call centres: Police Scotland’s call centres could face an additional 37,000 as a result of plans to merge the Scottish operations of the British Transport Police with Police Scotland. (Scotsman page 9)

Intercepts: Kenny MacAskill in the Herald comments that ministers at Holyrood should have the power to authorise all intercepts in Scotland, whether they relate to criminality or terrorism.

Primary testing: Scottish councils have spent more than £3.6 million over the past three years buying in primary school tests from Durham University and private companies. (Scottish page 6, Herald page 7, Mail page 18)

Graduates: A survey of over 300 businesses, including 93 in Scotland, has found that 34% of employers identifying concerns about how ready graduates are for the workplace. (Scotsman page 16 )

School inspections: Kezia Dugdale has called for all school inspections to be suspended for a year to allow for an overhaul. (Record page 10)