Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 9 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

The Queen:
Her Majesty the Queen will become the UK’s longest serving monarch today. (Scotsman page 1, Allan Massie in the Scotsman, Sun page 1, Times page 1, National page 13, Express page 1, Record page 23, Herald page 7, Telegraph page 1, FT page 4, Mail page 1, Guardian page 17, Courier page 1, P&J page 1)

Alistair Carmichael: Advocate Jonathan Mitchell QC told a convened Election Court in Edinburgh that Alistair Carmichael breached legal requirements when he spoke to Channel 4 about the leaked memo regarding Nicola Sturgeon’s meeting with the French ambassador to Britain. (Scotsman page 10, Times page 4, National page 6, Record page 14, Telegraph page 4, Mail page 9, P&J page 20)

BBC: Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop has commented that the BBC is more interested in North Korea than Scotland following Tony Hall’s initial response to the renewal of the BBC’s Royal Charter. (Scotsman page 11 )

Jeremy Corbyn: Andrew Whitaker in the Scotsman and Patrick Wintour in the Guardian consider how Jeremy Corbyn could manage his shadow cabinet as well as any potential rebellion if he is elected Labour leader.

Conservative councillor: Renfrewshire Tory councillor Gordon McCaskill has been suspended from the party after commenting that he would like to see IS terrorists move in with Nicola Sturgeon. (Sun page 1, National page 7, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 8)

Refugees: Continued coverage of the refugee crisis.  The UK is reportedly under pressure to take part in a Europe-wide approach to helping refugees. (National page 1, Express page 2, Herald page 2, Mary Riddell in the Telegraph, Courier page 15, Jenny Hjul in the Courier, P&J page 11)

EVEL: Professor Charlie Jeffery from Edinburgh University has warned that English votes for English laws would probably require an end to the Barnett formula. (Telegraph page 13, Courier page 14)

North Sea:
Labour has warned that Scotland must start planning for a post-North Sea future and focus on the opportunities from de-commissioning ageing rigs. (Scotsman page 1, Times page 1, Mail page 22)

Living wage: Paul Drechsler, the new president of the CBI, has commented that the UK Government has underestimated the “dramatic impact” of the national living wage on companies’ profitability and hiring. (FT page 1)

College places:
New figures have shown that the students from the poorest 10% of areas make up less than 10% of college classes. (Times page 12, P&J page 24)

Police Scotland
: Chris Marshall in the Scotsman comments on the future of Police Scotland.

Crime: Recorded crime in Scotland is at a 41-year low.  However, sex crimes are at a 44-year high. (Express page 9, National page 12, Record page 2, Telegraph page 9, Mail page 14, Courier page 17)