Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 5 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



RBS shares: George Osborne has faced criticism after shares in the Royal Bank of Scotland were sold at a loss of £1 billion. (Scotsman page 7, The National page 4, Daily Record page 16, The Herald page 3, The Sun page 2, Financial Times page 1, Daily Mail page 2, Guardian page 18)

Child abuse allegations: At least four police forces are investigating sex abuse allegations linked to the former Prime Minister, Sir Edward Heath. (Scotsman page 6, The National page 2, Daily Record page 9, The Herald page 4, The Times page 1, The Times page 9, The Sun page 8, Daily Telegraph page 1, Daily Express page 5, Financial Times page 2, Daily Mail page 8, Guardian page 1, Press and Journal page 19, Courier page 13)

Labour leadership: Andrew Whitaker discusses the role of Jeremy Corbyn in energising the Labour leadership contest. (Scotsman page 23)

Alan Johnson has called for Labour to back Yvette Cooper as the new party leader. (The Herald page 6, Daily Record page 8, Daily Mail page 20, Guardian page 1)

Ageism in politics: Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham has been accused of ‘ageism’ after suggesting that MPs should quit after 25 years in the House of Commons. (Scotsman page 8, Daily Express page 15)

House of Lords: Allan Massie debates the problem with the Lords, discussing how its “undemocratic nature still causes disquiet”. (Scotsman page 24)

BBC representation: Culture ministers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have agreed to work together in the renewal of the BBC Charter, in order to ensure that the BBC provides “a truly representative service”. (The National page 4, The Herald page 4, Daily Mail page 10, Press and Journal page 19)

Dairy farmers: Dairy farmers have cleared some supermarket shelves of milk in protest over low prices. (Daily Record page 13, The National page 14, The Herald page 11, The Sun page 19, Daily Mail page 19)

Referendum activists: The SNP have reportedly refused to give activists the chance to debate calls for a second referendum on independence at their conference in October, a potential area of contention for the party. (The Times page 1, Daily Mail page 10)


Bowel cancer: Figures have revealed a significant gap in uptake between the wealthiest and most deprived areas using bowel cancer screening tests, putting poorer people more at risk. (Scotsman page 17, Daily Mail page 17)

Out-of-hours demand: As figures have shown that Scotland’s out-of-hours centres deal with almost one million cases a year, doctors are calling for more resources to care for patients in the community when GP surgeries are shut. (The Herald page 1, The Sun page 2, Daily Telegraph page 7, Daily Express page 4, Press and Journal page 13)


Higher results: Opposition politicians are calling for a review of the new Higher maths exam after the lowering of the pass grade to 33.8%. (Scotsman page 1, The National page 13, Daily Record page 10, The Herald page 8, The Times page 4, The Sun page 2, Daily Telegraph page 1, Daily Express page 6, Daily Mail page 6, Press and Journal page 6, Courier pages 1 and 10)

Higher Education: New figures have shown that increasing numbers of Scottish students have secured a place at university with nearly 25,000 applicants accepted by UK universities so far, a 3% increase on last year. (The Herald page 1, Daily Express page 6)

Lack of access to swimming: The provision of swimming lessons for primary school children varies ‘extensively’ across Scotland, with thousands of children receiving no lessons at all and only four out of ten pupils starting high school being able to swim. (Scotsman page 4, Daily Record page 2, The Herald page 5, The Times page 19, Daily Express page 11, Daily Mail page 11)

Private education: Due to an increase in the price of private education, with school fees now representing 42% of the average professional salary, Scottish professionals reportedly risk being ‘priced out’ of private schools. (Scotsman page 13)

Local Government

Royal Hospital: Over £100,000 of public money was spent renaming The Queen Elizabeth hospital whilst the public were not consulted on the renaming of Scotland’s largest hospital.

(Daily Record page 1, The Herald page 3)