Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 26 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

Labour leadership contest:
Acting Labour Leader Harriet Harman has commented that there will be no doubt over the “integrity” of the leadership contest.  Figures published by the party suggest that 56,000 voters were removed from the ballot. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 2, Herald page 6, Record page 11, Times page 18, National page 6, Express page 2, Mail page 24, P&J page 12)

John Mills, one of Labour’s biggest private donors, has warned of a schism if Jeremy Corbyn becomes leader. (FT page 2)

Andy Burnham:  Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham has reportedly suggested that Labour was not ready for a female leader.  When asked if the party should have a female leader he said “When the time is right”. (Sun page 2, Telegraph page 6, Guardian page 4)

Population: Official figures expected to be published tomorrow are likely to show that Britain’s foreign-born population has passed 8 million. (Scotsman page 13, Times page 4, Express page 5, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 12)

Rise: Euan McColm in the Scotsman comments on the emergency of the new political party Rise.

Jobcentre Plus: Jobcentre Plus staff are reportedly under pressure to cut benefits and issue sanctions. (Record page 1, Joan McAlpine in the Record, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh in the National)

Scottish Tories: Ruth Davidson has commented that Scotland should become a low-tax, business friendly society. (Times page 18, Express page 1, Telegraph page 9, Courier page 16)

: Following China’s decision to cut its main interest rate yesterday, the FTSE 100 jumped 187.47 points. (Scotsman page 1, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Herald page 1, Ian Bell in the Herald, FT page 1, Courier page 13)
Drug-related deaths:
There were 613 drug-related-deaths in Scotland in 2014, a 16% increase on the previous year. (Scotsman page 6, Sun page 6, Herald page 2, Record page 10, Times page 17, National page 11, Express page 4, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 27

Super-hospitals: Shona Robison has commented that patients would be willing to travel for specialist surgeries if the Golden Jubilee model of centralised, high-volume care was replicated elsewhere. (Herald page 1)

Mental health: The number of mental health officers has fallen to its lowest level in Scotland since 2005. (Herald page 4)

Targets: The NHS in Scotland has failed to meet a number of targets including the four-hour waiting time for A&E and the six-week target for diagnostic tests. (Record page 2, National page 10, Express page 2, P&J page 22)