Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 4 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.


Ted Heath: An investigation has been launched by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) into allegations that police in Wiltshire dropped inquires of abuse involving former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Daily Record page 1, Daily Express page 2, Times page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, National page 1, Press and Journal page 19, Daily Mail page 1, Guardian page 1)


RBS: Chancellor George Osborne will begin selling the UK Government’s £600 million of RBS shares with reports taxpayers are set to lose £1bn.  (Scotsman page 9, Herald page 3, Daily Record page 4, National page 4, Financial Times page 1, Sun page 15)


Labour Leadership: Shadow Chancellor Chris Leslie MP has reportedly said that Jeremy Corbyn winning the contest would ‘hurt the poorest’ (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 6)


Jeremy Corbyn has said that under his leadership Scottish Labour will no longer be treated like a ‘branch office’ (Daily Record page 12)


Kezia Dugdale has said that it is taking far too long to elect leaders both for the UK and Scottish parties (Times page 2)


Scottish Elections 2016: Election watchdogs have launched a campaign to encourage 16 and 17 year olds to sign up to vote in next year’s Holyrood Elections (Herald page 6, Sun page 2)


Gender Equality: The SNP has revealed plans to create a Women’s and Equalities Convenor who will be involved in the selection and vetting of candidates for election (Herald page 1


Spying: First Minister has been told to reveal the knowledge she has on allegations that Police Scotland were spying on journalists and their sources (Herald page 6


Renewable Energy: Patrick Harvie MSP has written to two Holyrood committees to establish what effect the UK Government’s decisions will have upon climate change targets in Scotland (National page 6)


Oil and Gas: Industry body Oil and Gas UK has revealed that production is set to rise for the first time in 15 years (Scotsman page 6)


Children’s Wards: NHS Lothian has announced a review into paediatric services after a 14 bed unit at St John’s Hospital in Livingston is set to reopen after two weeks due to staff shortages (Scotsman page 7)



Exam results: Newly published exam results have revealed a gap in attainment between those sitting the current Scottish Highers and those who took taking the existing qualification  with the former performing better with a 79.2% pass rate compared to a 76.7% pass rate for the existing exam (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 4, Daily Express page 4, Daily Telegraph page 1, Sun page 2, Press and Journal page 16, Daily Mail page 10)


Local Government

Taxation: Professor Richard Kerley has urged the Commission on Local Tax Reform to consider giving Councils the power over business rates claiming that all parties support the idea that the Council Tax freeze is ‘costly and regressive’ (Herald page 8)