Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 30 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.



Michelle Thomson: SNP MP Michelle Thomson has withdrawn from the party whip while Police Scotland investigates allegations of criminality in property deals she is linked to. (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 1, Mail page 1, P&J page 11)


Alistair Carmichael:  A legal challenge into Alistair Carmichael’s election as the MP for Orkney and Shetland is to proceed. (Scotsman page 1, Mail page 12, P&J page 11, The National)


Jeremy Corbyn: Jeremy Corbyn delivered his first conference speech as the new leader of the Labour Party yesterday. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 6, Mail page 8, Guardian page 1, Rafael Behr in the Guardian, Owen Jones in the Guardian, P&J page 12, Courier page 12, The National)


T in the Park: Culture secretary Fiona Hyslop faced questions from MSPs at Holyrood yesterday over her decision to award £150,000 to T in the Park. (Scotsman page 5, Herald page 7, Mail page 15, P&J page 14, Courier page 13)



Free prescriptions: The cost of providing free prescriptions in Scotland increased by nearly £19million in the period April to July 2015, compared with the same period last year. (Scotsman page 1)



Rectors: Education Secretary Angela Constance has commented that new legislation will not do away with the role of rectors at Scotland’s universities. (Herald page 5)



Homicide: The number of homicides recorded in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level since records began nearly 40 years ago. (Scotsman page 7, Herald page 11)