Reform Scotland News: 22 September 2015


Reform Scotland

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 22 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



Scottish Labour: Former First Minster Henry McLeish has claimed that Labour could advance the cause of Scottish Independence and undermine the Party’s key principles if the Party allows MSPs a free vote (Times page 2, Scotsman page 5, Daily Telegraph page 9, National page 4, Daily Mail page 11)


However, Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has re-affirmed her party’s commitment to the UK saying that their position ‘isn’t in doubt’ (Herald page 7)


EU Referendum: Scottish Conservative Leader Ruth Davidson will today make a speech in Brussels urging members of her party to support the benefits of continued membership of the European Union (Times page 19, Scotsman page 5, Herald page 6, Daily Record page 2)


Former Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg has said that the result of the EU Referendum will be much harder to determine than the Independence Referendum result (Herald page 6, Press and Journal page 14)


Lib Dems: Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Wille Rennie has claimed the SNP government are ‘arrogant and increasingly incompetent’ in a speech to the Lib Dem Party Conference in Bournemouth (Times page 19, Scotsman page 8, Sun page 2, Daily Express page 4, Press and Journal page 14)


Labour: Plans have been announced to grant members who were blocked during the latest leadership election full Labour Party membership to boost grassroots support (Times page 18)


Refugee Crisis: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on the UK Government  to take ‘immediate action’ and has claimed that Scotland may end up accepting 2,000 Syrian refugees (Scotsman page 1, Herald page 3, Daily Express page 2, Press and Journal page 16)


Lord Ashcroft: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged the Prime Minister David Cameron to clarify whether he has misled the public over knowledge of the non-dom status of the former Conservative donor (Herald page 1, Guardian page 1)


SNP: MSP John Mason has attacked SNP backbenchers for failing to scrutinise the work of the Scottish Government appropriately in committee meetings (Herald page 2)


Disability: Alex Neil MSP is to announce plans to stop the 84 day rule which stops benefits for families with disabled children in long term hospital care as part of a ‘fairer approach’ to social security (National page 4)


Foodbanks: Campaigner John Beattie will today urge the Scottish Government at the Public Petitions Committee to reopen the Emergency Food Fund to help foodbanks across Scotland (National page 12)


Gas Extraction: A report by Biggar Economics,  commissioned by Cluff Natural Resources, has claimed that the Scottish economy could be boosted by £6 billion if ministers support a new underground coal gasification site off the east coast of Scotland.  However, environmental groups have urged caution (Times page 8, Scotsman page 1, Herald page 11, Daily Record page 2, Daily Express page 2, Daily Telegraph page 2, National page 6)


Aerospace: Lockhead Martin has announced plans to create 300 jobs at a new centre in Glasgow (Herald page 1, Daily Record page 13, Daily Express page 17)


‘Golden Decade’: Chancellor George Osborne has called for the UK and China to ‘stick together’ in their economic relationship despite current Chinese economic fortunes (Herald page 6, Daily Express page 2, Financial Times page 2, Daily Mail page 12)


Apprenticeships: The SNP have claimed that Scotland could be faced with a £391 million shortfall under Treasury plans to fund job training with a new tax on businesses and the public sector (Daily Record page 2)


Local government

Sick Leave: Aberdeen City Council has introduced new measures aiming to reduce the numbers of long term sick employees and to avoid the costs on overtime and employing agency staff (Scotsman page 16)


School Inspections: Chris Keates the General Secretary of the National Association of School masters Union of Women Teachers has claimed that Teachers could be on a ‘permanent war footing’ after the Scottish Government announced plans for short notice inspection in primary and secondary schools (Times page 9, Daily Express page 2)


Welsh schools: Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has welcomed the successes on education by the Welsh Labour Government, claiming that their record ‘puts the SNP’s record to shame’(Scotsman page 10)


Glasgow Clyde College: Lawyers believe that an investigation by the Scottish Funding Council is unlawful and did not have the powers to launch a review into the college earlier this year (Herald page 4)


Edinburgh University: Graduates have been encouraged to lobby the Scottish Parliament to oppose the Higher Education (Scotland) Bill which it is claimed will ‘damage the autonomy’ of universities (Scotsman page 10)


Gender Equality: Christine Graham MSP has raised concerns in a letter to Lord Justice Clerk Lord Carloway about the representation of women on Scotland’s new sentencing council (Scotsman page 12)