Daily Political Newspaper Summary: 1 October 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.


Michelle Thomson:  Nicola Sturgeon yesterday insisted that the SNP knew nothing about Michelle Thomson’s property deals and admitted that “serious issues” had emerged. (Scotsman page 1, Tom Peterkin in the Scotsman, Times page 1, Sun page 11, National page 3, Record page 7, Herald page 1, Iain MacWhirter in the Herald, Telegraph page 1, Mail page 1, Guardian page 9, Courier page 2, P&J page 11)


Postal votes: There will be no prosecution into allegations that pro-Union campaigners breached electoral secrecy laws and counted postal votes ahead of independence referendum polling day. (Scotsman page 5, Record page 7, Mail page 2)


Lord Lawson: Former Chancellor Lord Lawson is to head a Tory campaign to leave the EU. (Times page 1, Nigel Lawson in the Times)


Trident: Shadow defence secretary Maria Eagle has described Jeremy Corbyn’s comments that he would never use Britain’s nuclear deterrent as unhelpful. (Times page 10, National page 1, Lesley Riddoch in the National, Record page 8, Herald page1, Telegraph page 1, Richard Dannart in the Telegraph, FT page 4, Mail page 10, Guardian page 6, Courier page 13)


Jeremy Corbyn: Jeremy Corbyn is expected to visit Scotland today, his first trip since becoming Labour leader. (Sun page 8, Herald page 6, Telegraph page 2, Courier page 13, P&J page 12)


Women-only shortlists: The Scottish Liberal Democrats are reportedly considering women-only short lists for candidate selection. (National page 4)


Religious freedom: SNP MSP Dave Thompson has proposed setting up a cross party group at Holyrood on religious freedom. However, there has reportedly been criticism that the group would be financially backed by an organisation that believed in creationism. (Herald page 1 )



Tax: Bill Jamieson in the Scotsman comments on how the Scottish Government could use new tax powers.


GDP: The UK’s GDP is 5.9% higher than in 2008 according to official figures, suggesting that our economy has grown faster than that of any other major world economy since the recession. (Sun page 2)



Teachers’ salaries: Councillors at a summit in Aberdeenshire have argued that potential new recruits to teaching should be given a salary top-up in a bid to tackle the “unprecedented” shortage of teachers across Scotland. (Scotsman page 1, Times page 13, Herald page 5, P&J page 2)