Reform Scotland News: 19 August

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.

Politics

Holyrood: Maureen Watt, minister for public health, faces being ousted from her seat by regional MSP Christian Allard who is bidding to stand in the Aberdeen constituency. (Herald page 1)

Allan Massie discusses the next election to the Scottish parliament, suggesting that a “united stand” by unionists could potentially prevent another SNP government. (Scotsman page 27)

Labour leadership: As the labour leadership contest continues, Jeremy Corbyn has warned senior party figures that they are underestimating the “huge levels of public support” for his campaign. (Scotsman page 5, Telegraph page 4, Financial Times page 2, National page 4, Press and Journal page 12)

Jeremy Corbyn has suggested that Britain should have a national maximum wage in order to cap the “grossly inflated pay” of top company executives. (Herald page 6)

GM crops: The decision by the Scottish Government to ban cultivation of genetically modified crops north of the border has split the science community, with claims that the Scottish Government is under pressure to rethink the ban. (Scotsman page 15, National pages 12 and 13)

Writing for The Scotsman, Euan McColm argues that the Scottish Government’s ban on GM crops is “embarrassing” and a move which disrespects Scottish scientists. (Scotsman page 25)

Longannet power station: Scottish power has abandoned plans to replace a coal-fired power station in East Lothian with a gas-fired alternative, with warnings that its closure could leave Scotland dependent on imported electricity.  (Scotsman page 16, Herald page 9, Times page 7, Telegraph page 2, Record page 26, Express page 1, National page 6, Mail page 25, Courier page 2)

Apology for abuse: Following the publication of an independent review, the most senior Catholic Archbishop in Scotland, Philip Tartaglia, has apologised for abuse within the church. (Scotsman page 1 and 4, Herald page 1, Sun page 2, Times page 9, Telegraph page 1, Record page 4, Express page 4, National page 2 and 3, Mail page 6, Guardian page 15, Press and Journal page 13,Courier page 14)

Economy

House prices: Scottish house prices have jumped by 2.6 per cent, a rise driven by a revival in million-pound home sales. (Scotsman page 19, Herald page 3, Times page 22, Express page 4, Mail page 25)

Health

Cancer rates: The number of cases of cancer in Scotland is reportedly set to increase by 33 per cent by 2027. (Scotsman page 6, Times page 20, Telegraph page 6, Record page 12, National page 9, Mail page 1, Courier page 15)

Benefit sanctions: Welfare campaigners are calling on the Scottish government to aid people affected by benefit sanctions, after it has been revealed that the UK Government admits that cutting payments could harm their health. (Herald page 7)

A&E waiting times: The amount of patients being treated within the target time in accident and emergency units has fallen below the benchmark set by the Scottish Government. (Herald page 8)

Education

Sturgeon on education: After facing criticism over the SNP’s track record on education, Nicola Sturgeon, yesterday in a keynote speech, committed to closing the gap between rich and poor areas in Scotland, claiming that education will be a “priority” during her time in office. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Sun page 2, Times page 1, Telegraph page 4, Record page 8, Express page 5, National page 5, Mail page 4, Courier page 15)

University places: New figures have shown that 1,520 Scottish students have been offered university places in England. (Herald page 10)

Local Government

Glasgow council: Labour politician Gordon Matheson has announced that he will step down as leader of Glasgow City Council next month. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 6, National page 5)