Reform Scotland News: 03 September 2015


Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 03 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.


Refugees: David Cameron is reportedly under pressure from opposition politicians, the EU and people within his own party for the UK to accept more refugees.  However, the Prime Minister has commented that the crisis will not be solved simply by Britain taking more refugees. (Scotsman page 1, Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman, Herald page 2, Sun page 12-13, Express page 4-5, Leo McKinstry in the Express, National page 2-3, Lesley Riddoch in the National, Times page 1-2 and 6-7, David Aaronovitch in the Times, Record page 8-11 and 5 page pullout, Telegraph page 1 and 4-5, Financial Times page 1-2, Guardian page 1 and 6-7, Daily Mail page 8-11, Courier page 27, P&J page 18)


Independence: According to an Ipsos Mori poll for STV, 53% of people in Scotland would now vote in favour of independence. (Scotsman page 4, Herald page 1 and 6, Sun page 2, National page 4, Paul Kavanaugh in the National, Times page 2, Alex Massie in the Times, Record page 13, Courier page 17)


Purdah: Amendments put down by the UK Government to the EU Referendum Bill will reportedly restore the “purdah” rule, which bars ministers from using public money to promote one side. (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6)


Tony Blair: Tony Blair has reportedly commented that his governments did not do enough to ensure that devolution did not undermine the UK’s national identity. (Scotsman page 10, Express page 2, Record page 2, Telegraph page 6, Daily Mail page 4)


Trident: Labour leadership contender Andy Burnham has commented that he would resign from the shadow cabinet if asked to oppose the renewal of the Trident nuclear deterrent. (Scotsman page 10, Herald page 6)


SNP: Iain Macwhirter in the Herald discusses his opinion of Nicola Sturgeon and the changes in the SNP.


Tory Leadership: George Osborne is reportedly 15 points ahead in the race to be the next Tory leader, according to an opinion poll. (Express page 6)



Income tax: Nicola Sturgeon has reportedly suggested that she will keep the new Scottish rate of income tax in line with the UK’s when new fiscal powers are devolved to Holyrood as the new powers would not allow her to make “progressive” changes to income tax. (Scotsman page 1, Express page 2, National page 4, Times page 8, Telegraph page 7, P&J page 17)


Scottish Enterprise: Scottish Enterprise has reportedly spent £44,440 hiring celebrities to attend business events over the past three years. (Scotsman page 15)


Zero-Hours Contracts: Official figures have revealed that in Scotland, 51,000 people are on zero-hours contracts. (Herald page 4, National page 11, Times page 18, Record page 2, Telegraph page 10, Financial Times page 4, Guardian page 4, Daily Mail page 21)


Help to Buy: A scheme to help people buy a new home is expected to benefit 6,500 households over the next three years as it focuses on affordable housing. (Herald page 4, P&J page 14)


North Sea Oil: Sir Ian Wood discusses planning for the future of the North Sea. (P&J page 12)



GP Practices: Labour have launched a consultation on GP practices after arguing the Scottish Government had made a “complete and utter mess” of the existing service. (Herald page 2, Sun page 2, Record page 2)



Firearm Licence Checks: To bring down the Police Scotland budget, the number of firearms inquiries officers is being halved. (Times page 13)