Reform Scotland News: 13 August 2015

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 13 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.


Reform Scotland

School hours: A new report by Reform Scotland has revealed that pupils in parts of Scotland are receiving two years less education than others as a result of varying school contact hours offered by local councils. (The Scotsman page 1, Herald page 3, Sun page 2, Courier page 1)



Labour votes: Legal action could reportedly be taken against Labour over bogus votes in its leadership election. (Scotsman page 4, P&J page 16)


Tony Blair warning: Tony Blair has warned of Labour facing a “possible annihilation” if it chooses Jeremy Corbyn as its leader. (Herald page 1, Record page 2, Sun page 2, Times page 1, Financial Times page 1, Telegraph page 1, Daily Mail page 12, Guardian page 1)


Labour Leadership: Yvette Cooper will today launch an attack against her rival Corbyn. (Herald page 6, Guardian page 10-11)


Iain Macwhirter in the Herald discuses the Scottish Labour leadership election.


Kezia Dugdale: The Scottish Labour leadership favourite has been accused of backtracking over her views on Jeremy Corbyn. (Scotsman page 4, National page 2-3)


SNP Seats: MSP Colin Keir will exit Holyrood at next year’s Scottish election after he lost the selection contest to stand for Edinburgh Western, the seat he has represented since 2011. (Scotsman page 4, Daily Mail page 10)


SNP Powers: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman discusses SNP, tax and spending powers.


Arts Funding: Organisers of Edinburgh’s festivals have been warned that they will have to make a much stronger case for funding in the future. (Scotsman page 3)



Unemployment Rates: Scotland’s jobless total has fallen by 13,000 with employment at a 10-year high. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6, Express page 11, Daily Mail page 8)


Pedal for Scotland: The first analysis of Scotland’s biggest cycle event has revealed that it generates up to £3 million in economic and health benefits. (Scotsman page 14)


HMS Edinburgh: A historic Navy destroyer left Britain yesterday to be sold for scrap after a campaign to turn it into a tourist attraction in Edinburgh failed. (Scotsman page 17)


GM Crops: The policy to ban growing genetically modified crops in Scotland could have major consequences for health and the economy, according to scientists. (Scotsman page 19, Herald page 10, Record page 8)


House Prices: Surveyors in Scotland are expecting strong property price increases in the next 12 months as demand outstrips supply. (Herald page 7, Express page 8)



Cancer Survival Rates: More precise treatments and better awareness have led to a 70% increase in cancer survival rates in Scotland over the last 30 years. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 8, Express page 8, Times page 6)


Private Patients: The number of NHS patients sent for private care at public expense has doubled in a year, a Daily Record investigation discovered. (Record page 9)



Composite Classes: The SNP has been urged to explain why more than 100,000 pupils were placed in classes of mixed ages and stages in schools last year. (Scotsman page 6, Express page 4)


School Uniform: Activists claim that every state school in Scotland should have the same uniform, in order to aid struggling families. (National page 10)


Head Teacher Recruitment: It has been revealed that primary schools in Scotland are struggling to recruit head teachers with more than 50 vacancies countrywide. (Express page 4, Times page 4, Daily Mail page 14, P&J page 12-13)