Reform Scotland News: 18 August 2015

Reform Scotland

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 18 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: Jeremy Corbyn has said that he is a socialist and not a unionist and has said that he is the only candidate that can win back Labour voters who switched to the SNP (Herald page 1)


Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn are to block plans to bar Labour Party ‘infiltrators’ from voting in the leadership election after tens of thousands of people have paid the fee of £3 to vote in the election (Daily Telegraph page 4)


Leadership contender Andy Burnham has stated he would offer Jeremy Corbyn a role in the next Labour Cabinet if he wins the leadership race and became Prime Minister (Scotsman page 1, Financial Times page 2, Daily Express page 4, Press and Journal page 16, Guardian page 1)


Yvette Cooper has said that Andy Burnham should drop out of the leadership contest after failing to provide ‘an effective alternative’ to Jeremy Corbyn (Daily Telegraph page 1, Guardian page 1)


David Miliband has warned that Jeremy Corbyn becoming leader of the Labour Party would leave Britain a one party state with only the Conservatives capable of winning. At the same time he has endorsed Liz Kendall to become the next Labour Leader (National page 2, Sun page 2, Daily Telegraph page 4, Daily Mail page 10, Guardian page 4)



GM Crops: Scottish Government proposals to ban GM Crops in Scotland have been criticised by Sense About Science who have stated that it will risk Scotland’s contribution to research (Herald page 1, Times page 1, Daily Telegraph page 1, Daily Mail page 21)


Alan Cochrane provides commentary on the Scottish Government’s decision (Daily Telegraph page 6)


Devolution: New plans for Holyrood being in control of abortion law have been launched by peers in the House of Lords after a Conservative commitment to increase powers given to the Scottish Parliament. However, women’s groups fear it could result in cross-border trade in terminations (Herald page 2)


Scottish Labour: New Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale has said that the Party should not be afraid to debate Trident and is willing to have the topic discussed at the Party’s conference in October (National page 4, Daily Express page 4, Press and Journal page 16)


However a ComRes survey on Scottish voting intentions has placed Scottish Labour in third place on 14% behind the Scottish Conservatives who have 19% (Sun page 2)


New Deputy Leader Alex Rowley has stated that he will continue with the fight to create a more autonomous Scottish Labour Party (National page 4)


T in the Park: Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie has urged Nicola Sturgeon to investigate claims of cronyism over funding for the music festival over claims Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop broke the ministerial code after awarding £150,000 to promoters DF Concerts (Daily Express page 4, Press and Journal page 15)


Disability Benefits: SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has criticised French company ATOS for failing to fulfil a pledge to reveal how much money they are making for carrying out controversial assessments on disabled people (Daily Record page 6)


Budget Cuts: It has been revealed that the Scotland Office at Westminster could have more than a third of its budget cut under Chancellor George Osborne’s budget plans (Daily Record page 6)


Jobseekers: The SNP have attacked UK Government plans to send unemployed 18-21 year olds to a three week ‘boot camp’ in order to find work or training in exchange for jobseekers allowance (Times page 2)


Defence: The SNP have said that defence personnel in Scotland are being disproportionately cut after figures showed that the number of servicemen and women has reached a new low (Press and Journal page 16)



School Attainment: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will today give a speech about raising education attainment at Wester Hailes Education Centre after new Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale has criticised the Scottish Government’s education record (Herald page 6, National page 1, Times page 18)


Exam appeals: Scottish Ministers are facing calls from the Scottish Conservatives to reform the way in which exam appeals are paid for after they have argued that it has created a postcode lottery in Scotland (Herald page 10)


Targets: Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has called on ministers to review NHS targets over claims they are harming the Scottish NHS after the same comments were made by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland and the Royal College of Nursing in Scotland (Scotsman page 9)