Reform Scotland News: 7 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.


Edward Heath: Further coverage of allegations surrounding former Prime Minister Edward Heath.  (Scotsman page 6, Mail page 12, Courier page 21, P&J page 21)

Jeremy Corbyn: Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has commented that he would work be willing to with the SNP to help Labour form the government.   Mr Corbyn also called for an end to the UK’s nuclear weapons programme.  (Scotsman page 8, Alison Rowat in the Herald, Mail page 8, Martin Kettle in the Guardian, Courier page 3, The National)

Ruth Davidson: Ewan Crawford in the Scotsman comments on news that Ruth Davidson is to switch from standing in Glasgow to the Lothians at the next election.


Interest rates: The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee voted to keep interest rates at 0.5 per cent by 8 votes to 1. (Scotsman page 1, Sebastian Burnside in the Scotsman, Mail page 2, Guardian page 7

Household savings: An analysis of household savings habits since 1945 has shown the value to have risen sixfold in real terms according to a report by Lloyds Bank. (Scotsman page 17


Police spying: The Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Office (IOCCO) has commented that the Scottish Government’s claim that the IOCCO does not name the bodies that break snooping rules is untrue.  As a result, Labour has called on the First Minister to state what she knows about Police Scotland spying on journalists. (Herald page 2, Mail page 20, Ruth Davidson in the Courier, Ruth Wishart in The National)


Air tax: Environmental groups have been asked by the Scottish Government to help it devise a Scottish replacement for air passenger duty. (Scotsman page 16, Herald page 1, Mail page 1)