Reform Scotland News: 29 September 2015


Reform Scotland

Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 29 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 Party Conference: Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell used his conference speech to announce plans to tax major multinational companies as an alternative to austerity (Scotsman page 1, Sun page 1, Times page 7, Daily Telegraph page 4, Daily Mail page 10, Guardian page 6)


John McDonnell also used his conference speech to urge Scottish voters to “come back home to Labour” (Scotsman page 8, National page 1, Times page 7. Herald page 6, Daily Record page 6, Daily Telegraph page 1, Financial Times page 2, Press and Journal page 12


Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn will used his first speech as leader to reportedly advocate for a kinder politics (Scotsman page 8, Times page 6, Herald page 1, Daily Record page 6, Daily Telegraph page 4, Financial Times page 2, Daily Express page 2, Daily Mail page 2, Guardian page 1, Press and Journal page 12


Scottish Labour Leader Kezia Dugdale has announced the her manifesto for Holyrood will be the “most pro-enterprise ever” (National page 2, Sun page 7, Daily Express page 2)


Iain MacWhirter in the Herald comments on the current state of the Labour Party.


Alan Cochrane in the Telegraph comments on Kezia Dugdale’s manifesto commitments.


Refugee Crisis: Humza Yousaf MSP has said that the UK Government should work more closely with the Scottish Government to help Syrian refugees (Scotsman page 5, National page 11 )


Trade Union Bill: Unite General Secretary Len McCluskey has reportedly compared the new rules on trade unions announced by the UK Government to those of Nazi Germany (National page 3, Times page 6, Herald page 6, Daily Telegraph page 5, Daily Mail page 12)


T in the Park: Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop will today be questioned by Holyrood’s Education and Culture committee on The Scottish Government’s grant of £150,000 to T in the Park. ( Times page 10, Herald page 6, Daily Record page 11, Daily Mail page 5)


Michelle Thomson: Scottish Labour have called for ‘full transparency’ over the property deals which involve the SNP MP after the solicitor who acted on her behalf was struck off for professional misconduct (Herald page 6)


Trading Standards: Labour MSPs will today lead questioning of SNP ministers over the falling levels of qualified officers who investigate matter such as rouge traders and shops selling legal highs (Herald page 6)



UK Capital: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has criticised the SNP Government’s former view of London as bad for the Scottish economy as she said she would work more closely with London to promote business opportunities (Scotsman page 16, Sun page 2, Daily Telegraph page 2, Daily Express page 10, Press and Journal page 11)


Oil and Gas Industry: Patrick Harvie MSP has stated that the UK oil and gas industry should begin decommissioning in order for Aberdeen to become a world leader in renewable energy (Press and Journal page 14)



Universities: Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has attacked the SNP’s Higher Education (Scotland) Bill saying that it has ‘anti democratic tendencies” (Scotsman page 19, Times page 9, Herald page 4)



Audit Scotland: a report from the watchdog has found that Scottish lawyers are advising their clients to ‘go to court for money’ by making “not guilty” pleas (Scotsman page 1)