Reform Scotland News: 06 August 2015


Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 6 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.



Privatisation Plans: George Osborne is set to raise almost £40 billion through the sale of public assets this year, which is reportedly more than any privatisation of the last 20 years combined. (Scotsman page 4-5, Sun page 2)


Labour members: Six thousand non-Labour members in Scotland have reportedly signed up to vote in the party’s leadership elections as acting UK leader Harriet Harman raised fears of infiltration by political opponents. (Herald page 1)


Labour reforms: A former policy chief, Jon Cruddas, has claimed that Labour will need to develop a “more federal politics” to accommodate the north-south divide. (Herald page 6)


Allister Heath in the Telegraph gives his opinion on Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters.


Calais delays: Scotland’s fisheries minister has said that Scottish ports and airports should be considered as alternatives to Channel crossings as huge delays continue in Calais. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 3, Sun page 2, Daily Express page 9, Courier page 18)


Ruth Davidson: Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is to switch the Holyrood seat she is planning to contest in next year’s election from Glasgow to Edinburgh. (Scotsman page 10, National page 10, Daily Express page 2, Telegraph page 1, P&J page 14)


Figures: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman discusses criticism which has been made in the way that official figures are compiled, and how this affects devolution.


Vandalism: The portrait of Donald Dewar at Holyrood was defaced by vandals by scrawling the initials “JC” on the frame. (Scotsman page 10)



Glasgow Airport: Glasgow airport was one of the fastest-growing in Europe during the first half of the year, according to new figures. (Scotsman page 2, Daily Mail page 6, Courier page 16)


Banking: Iain Macwhirter in the Herald discusses the government’s sell-off of some of its shares in RBS and banking reforms.


Aid for historic sites: A £1.6 million investment scheme has been set up to open eight historical sites in Edinburgh and Glasgow to the public. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 3, Daily Record page 15, National page 11, Sun page 7)


North Sea jobs: BP has unveiled plans to invest about £670 million to increase production and extend the life of some of its North Sea assets. (Scotsman page 8, Daily Record page 2, National page 7, Daily Mail page 28, P&J page 12-13)



Police calls review: More than 2,000 people, with over half of them being police officers and staff, have contributed to a review of call-handling following the crash on the M9 last month. (Scotsman page 2, Herald page 3, Sun page 20, Daily Mail page 12)


Police spying: Police Scotland is coming under renewed pressure to “come clean” over whether the force has been “spying and snooping” on journalists. (Scotsman page 7, Daily Record page 9, National page 3, P&J page 17)


 Police diversity: Police Scotland has been called on to do more to recruit black and Asian officers as figures revealed that just 1% of the force are from ethnic minority backgrounds. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 6, Times page 2)



NHS Highlands: NHS Highland has temporarily suspended training junior doctors at one of its hospitals because of “serious concerns” over training. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 7, National page 11, Telegraph page 7)


Mental Health: Scotland’s mental health services budget is “wholly inadequate”, ministers have been warned. (Herald page 2)


GP Surgeries: Scotland’s health secretary has admitted that GP surgeries need a “complete revolution” to cope with the mounting pressures on the system. (Times page 1)



Rail Strikes: Train drivers have threatened to strike if they are asked to operate without guards on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line. (Daily Express page 4, Daily Mail page 17)