Reform Scotland News: 15 September 2015


Reform Scotland

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 15 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.


Labour: New Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has unveiled his new shadow cabinet appointing John McDonnell as Shadow Chancellor and leadership rival Andy Burnham as shadow Home Secretary. (Scotsman page 1, National page 4, Herald page 7, Financial Times page 1


The SNP has questioned Jeremy Corbyn’s stance on Trident and the EU Referendum (National page 5)


Trade Union Bill: Glasgow City Council has announced that it will defy UK Government legislation which would restrict the number of hours union representatives can dedicate to union activities as well as fees being automatically paid from payrolls (Scotsman page 4, National page 5, Herald page 7, Daily Record page 7)


Independence Referendum: Business leaders in Scotland have called for stability after Nicola Sturgeon announced provisions to hold a second independence referendum (Scotsman page 8, Times page 4)


Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph (page 4) comments that the SNP are playing the ‘generation game’ over a second referendum.


Alex Massie comments on plans for a second independence referendum saying that it is only a matter of time with ‘Labour unelectable at Westminster under Corbyn’ (Times page 29)


A new poll has found that a third of Scots are less likely to vote for the SNP at next year’s Holyrood elections if the party proposes a new independence referendum (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6)


Alistair Darling has stated that even Nicola Sturgeon does not want a second independence referendum but cannot tell her supporters as he says the economic case for independence is weaker than last year (Herald page 6, Daily Telegraph page 1, Times page 1)


A new Survavtion poll on independence has found that 51% of people would vote No and 49% would vote Yes whilst a majority of Scots would vote to stay in the European Union (National page 2)


Research from Glasgow University has found that the Yes Campaign won the social media battle and used various social media platforms which have changed Scottish politics (Herald page 6)


Scotland Bill: SNP MSP and convenor of the Devolution Committee Bruce Crawford has stated that the UK Government’s Bill falls short of the Smith Commission proposals and has not been amended enough to reflect changes pledge by Ministers. The claims were made in a letter sent to Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell MP (Scotsman page 8, Herald page 6, Times page 5, Sun page 2)


A number of charities  have called for the full devolution of welfare powers in written submissions to the Scottish Parliament’s welfare committee (National page 2)


‘Warm Homes’ Deal: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced a £224 million pound fuel poverty scheme which will enable 28,000 people to heat their homes (Scotsman page 9)


Refugees: Prime Minister David Cameron has urged EU nations to ‘step up to the plate’ with regard to the refugee crisis.  However, he has been condemned for his visit to a Syrian refugee camp as Green MSP Patrick Harvie accused him of a lack of action as Home Secretary Theresa May MP said the UK will not sign up to the EU plan to redistribute 160,000 refugees (National page 6, Daily Telegraph page 16, Financial Times page 3)


Scottish Labour: Alistair Darling has said that the Scottish party must refrain from moving to the left after Jeremy Corbyn’s election victory (Herald page 1)


Scottish Elections 2016: Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP has vowed that her party will speak up for the majority of Scots who voted to keep Scotland in the UK last year (Daily Express page 4)


Tax Credits: Shop workers union Usdaw has revealed that 1 million families across Scotland will be affected by UK Government plans to change the rules governing child tax credits (Daily Record page 6)



 Borders Railway: Campaigners have said that the public are ‘underwhelmed’ by the new rail service due to delays, overcrowding and ticket machine failures (Daily Express page 5, Daily Telegraph page 13, Times page 2)