Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 24 September 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


Indyref2: Nicola Sturgeon has called on the Scottish Labour and Lib Dem leaders not to oppose the holding of a second independence referendum. This follows Kezia Dugdale and Willie Rennie’s decisions not ban colleagues or party members from campaigning for independence. (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 2, Record page 9, Times page 6, Herald page 1, Telegraph page 7, Mail page 4, Courier page 14)

Human Rights: Nicola Sturgeon has warned that the Scottish Parliament will use its powers to block any plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. (Scotsman page 5, Sun page 2, Record page 10, Express page 2, Times page 17, National page 1)

Land reform: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments on the SNP’s land reform proposals.

Sugar tax: Businessman Ben Thomson has called on the Scottish Government to fund a 2p cut in income tax by introducing a sugar tax. (Express page 2)

Trident: Lesley Riddoch in the National comments on the forthcoming Labour and SNP party conferences.

Labour Party: Former foreign office minister Kim Howells has commented that civil war is inevitable within the Labour Party in the run up to the party’s conference vote on Trident. (Herald page 6)

David Cameron: Further coverage of Lord Ashcroft’s unauthorised biography of David Cameron. (Mail page 1)


Low paid: Patrick Harvie has criticised Neil Carberry from the CBI, who told Holyrood’s economy committee that the bottom 10% of earners did better than the rest during the recession. (Scotsman page 1, Record page 2)

Local government

Refuse: A pilot scheme in Fife will mean that 2,000 homes around Glenrothes will have their landfill bins collected every four weeks, as opposed to fortnightly. (Scotsman page 11, Times page 21)

Glasgow: Frank McAveety, the new leader of Glasgow City Council, has said that he does not believe that Glasgow is a nationalist city. (Herald page 1)

Sheriff courts: Audit Scotland has reported that around £10m a year is being wasted on sheriff court cases being delayed, with more than a third of cases taking longer than the 26-week target. (Scotsman page 10, Sun page 2, Record page 6, Express page 4, Times page 4, Herald page 3, Telegraph page 7, P&J page 17, Courier page 13)