Reform Scotland News: 20 August 2015


Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 20 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.



Jeremy Corbyn: Jeremy Corbyn has been forced to admit associating with both Lebanese and Arab extremists as his foreign policies come under the spotlight. (Scotsman page 6, Financial Times page 2, The National page 4, Express page 2, Record page 7, Telegraph page 4, Times page 2, Daily Mail page 8, Guardian page 1-2, P&J page 13)


Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman discusses the prospect of a Corbyn victory.


Corbyn Support: Jeremy Corbyn promises to reconnect with Scots if he wins the contest following the Daily Record deciding to support him. (Record page 6, Telegraph page 4)


Police Scotland: The former SNP leader Gordon Wilson calls for reform and a breakup of the single police force. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 2, National page 2, Express page 16, Courier page 14)


Scottish Labour Leader: Kezia Dugdale, Labour’s Scottish leader, will make her first speech as leader today and will assert her commitment to “socialism”. (Scotsman page 6, Herald page 6, Record page 7, Times page 1-2, Daily Mail page 8, P&J page 12, Courier page 13


Neil Findlay: Neil Findlay, the Scottish chairman of the campaign to elect Jeremy Corbyn, is being given a new role in Kezia Dugdale’s new team. (National page 4, Express page 2, Sun page 2)


SNP Seat Battle: SNP MSPs are facing an internal and fierce battle as they are challenged for the right to contest seats at next year’s Holyrood election. (Herald page 1, Times page 2, Daily Mail page 2)


Iain Macwhirter in the Herald discusses the SNP and Labour in Scotland.


Death Statistics: Statistics showing how many people die while claiming out-of-work disability benefits will be revealed next week by the DWP. (Herald page 6)


Michelle Thomson: The SNP MP has denied any link to website Ashley Madison, and claimed that her email address was hacked. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 3, Telegraph page 1, Guardian page 7)



Personal Debt: Research has shown that almost one in five Scots “hide debt from their partners”. (Scotsman page 11, Herald page 10, Daily Mail page 5, P&J page 14 Courier page 26)



Glasgow Hospital Makeover: The Institute of Neurological Sciences is being redeveloped to improve on the operating theatres and wards for patients. (Herald page 3)



St Andrews: St Andrews University is urging its graduates to lobby in Holyrood in opposition to SNP plans, which it is feared will give ministers greater control over the institution. (Scotsman page 9, Herald page 11)


Classroom Improvements: A school in Glasgow for children with sensory impairment is one of 20 projects that will share in £5m of funding to improve classrooms and their facilities. (Herald page 9, Sun page 2, Courier page 14)



Young Offenders New Laws: Thousands of young offenders will remain anonymous under new laws to protect the identities of 16 and 17 year olds accused of crimes. (Daily Mail page 14)


Local Government

Edinburgh City Council: Paul Lawrence, a regeneration expert, has been named as the preferred candidate for executive director – one of the most important jobs in the council. (Herald page 5)


Glasgow City Council: Three candidates have entered the fray to become the new leader of the council after Gordon Matheson has stepped down. (Herald page 6)


George Square Glasgow: Plans have been put on hold for the £15m George Square revamp. (Herald page 8)